Philippine storm toll exceeds 650; 900 missing

Residents carry their household items they retrieved from their damaged houses Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 in Iligan city in southern Philippines. Tropical storm Washi blew away Sunday after devastating the southern Philippines with flash floods that killed hundreds of people as they slept and turned two coastal cities into a muddy wasteland filled with overturned cars and uprooted trees. ((AP Photo/Bullit Marquez))

December 18, 2011 7:58:34 AM PST
As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.