Su­per Typhoon Mangkhut is World’s Strong­est Storm in 2018

More than four mil­lion peo­ple were di­rectly in the path of the storm.

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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.

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