Super Typhoon Mangkhut is World’s Strongest Storm in 2018
More than four million people were directly in the path of the storm.
The world’s strongest storm this year, Super Typhoon Mangkhut, is blasting the northern coast of the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain. Reports say it broke windows and downed power lines on the island of Luzon before dawn.
More than four million people are directly in the path of the storm, which has winds of 200 kilometres per hour (125mph) and gusts reaching up to 330km/h. Thousands have been evacuated amid warnings of 6m (20ft) storm surges. Officials have warned there may be “very heavy damage” to vulnerable structures.
They have raised alert levels to the second-highest - signal four - in Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao and Abra provinces.
The deadliest storm on record in the Philippines was Super Typhoon Haiya in 2013, which also sparked category four alerts. The typhoon is forecast to keep heading west, passing through Hong Kong, China, this afternoon. Hong Kong authorities have warned and urged residents to stay indoors when the storm approaches, and weather experts say it may be the strongest tropical storm to hit the territory in decades. The typhoon is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday.
Flights have been cancelled, schools shut and the army is on standby.
The authorities have also warned that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.
Tropical Cyclone Mangkhut made landfall in the Philippines and is heading towards China. Source: ERCC
The storm captured moving in over the city of Tuguegarao, in the north-east.
Many brave the rain and strong winds in Manila, Philippines.