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Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

04:21 Fri Sep 14, 2018


BBC

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Thousands of people have begun evacuating from coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country.

Typhoon Mangkhut, which is currently a Category 4 hurricane, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by Saturday.

Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.

Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.

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The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year. Forecasters say Mangkhut is the strongest so far in 2018 – 900km in diameter, with sustained winds of at least 209 km/h.

The storm, which was earlier packing winds of 255km/h (160mph) as a Category 5, has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.



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