Breaking News EmailsGet breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings.SUBSCRIBEDec. 16, 2015, 5:13 PM GMT / Updated Dec. 16, 2015, 5:13 PM GMTBy Yijun HeFishing boats are docked at the Manila bay in Navotas city, north of the capital on Dec. 15 after the Philippine Coastguard prohibited small boats from sailing. Melor made its first landfall in the Philippines on Monday morning after undergoing a last-minute spurt of intensification over the open waters of the Pacific Ocean. After weakening briefly and making three additional landfalls, it then underwent another spurt of rapid intensification Tuesday morning before its eye scraped ashore for a fifth time in northern Oriental Mindoro.Romeo Ranoco / ReutersResidents are evacuated in Juban, Sorsogon province, southern Philippines on Dec. 15.Francis R. Malasig / EPAFilipino evacuees ride on a motorcycle in the town of Juban, Sorsogon province, southern Manila on Dec. 15. Over 700,000 people had fled their homes amid threats of sea surges, flash floods and landslides.Francis R. Malasig / EPAResidents are evacuated Juban, Sorsogon province, southern Manila, on Dec. 15. At least 4 people were killed because of the typhoon, according to local officials.Francis R. Malasig / EPAFilipino volunteers prepare relief goods for areas affected by Typhoon Melor inside a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warehouse in Pasay City on Dec. 15.Mark R. Cristino / EPAVolunteers prepare relief goods inside a Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warehouse in Pasay City on Dec. 15.Mark R. Cristino / EPAA man walks past big waves spilling over a wall onto a coastal road in Legaspi in Albay province, south of Manila on Dec. 14.Charism Sayat / AFP - Getty ImagesResidents are battered by strong winds and heavy rains in Legazpi city, central Philippines on Dec. 15.ReutersChildren watch as Pigcale village is hit by Typhoon Melor, in Legazpi city, Albay province on Dec. 15.ReutersResidents stand next to their damaged houses after typhoon Melor hit Bulan town, Sorsogon province on Dec. 15. An average of six to seven tropical cyclones hit the Philippines each year, according to The Weather Channel. In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest typhoon on record to make landfall, left more than 7,300 people dead and missingCharism Sayat / AFP - Getty ImagesA illager removes debris at a damaged house in Donsol, Sorsogon province on Dec. 16. Melor is now weakening quickly after tracking across the Philippines Tuesday and Wednesday.Francis R. Malasig / EPAWorkers clear fallen power lines in Castillas, Sorsogon province, southern Manila on Dec. 15.Francis R. Malasig / EPAMelor is now weakening quickly after tracking across the Philippines Tuesday and Wednesday. Above, villagers carry a wounded man in the town of Irosin, Sorsogon province on Dec. 15.Francis R. Malasig / EPAChildren play next to a statue of Jesus and Mary in the typhoon-hit town of Bulan, Sorsogon province on Dec. 15.Francis R. Malasig / EPA36-year-old Michael Alinsuot works on a truck's wheel along a flooded street in suburban Navotas, north of Manila on Dec. 16.Aaron Favila / APA woman walks through floodwaters in suburban Manila on Dec.16.Jay Directo / AFP - Getty ImagesA passenger jeep drives through flooded streets after heavy rain from Typhoon Melor in suburban Quezon city, north of Manila on Dec. 15.Aaron Favila / APYijun HeYijun He is a multimedia producer for NBC News.