A Philippine official says three people have been killed after Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled the country's northern breadbasket with ferocious winds and rain that set off landslides, damaged an airport terminal and ripped off tin roofs.
"We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August", Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippines Red Cross, said in a statement.
Philippine authorities said at least 25 people were killed, including a baby and a toddler, a lot of them in landslides in mountainous areas that left at least 13 missing.
Tens of thousands of people fled their homes in high-risk areas ahead of the category 5 storm's arrival due to major flooding and landslide risks.
Staggering winds of 205kph and extreme rainfall caused some structural damage and cut power to more than four million people across the Cagayan province on Luzon Island, around 300km north of Manila.
More than 5 million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded from a super typhoon.
Winds of 127 miles per hour were measured on Friday alongside gusts of up to 158 mph, forecasters said, and it could get even stronger.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is hurtling through the Pacific toward Asia boasting winds as fast as 180 miles per hour.
"The Taishan plant is fully prepared for the typhoon, and everything is in its place", one official told South China Morning Post.
Manila was also affected, with waves seen here splashing over the sea wall on the city's Roxas Boulevard. "His clear and concise marching order was 'Save lives, save lives, '" said Francis Tolentino, the government's disaster response coordinator and adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, who was in his home city of Davao in the south.
Nearly all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan's provincial capital, sustained damage, a government official said.
Mangkhut will keep to a northwesterly track, bringing heavy rain and winds when it enters the autonomous region of Guangxi early on Monday, before weakening into a tropical depression as it arrives in southwestern Yunnan on Tuesday.
In nearby Fujian province on the Chinese mainland, 51,000 people were evacuated from fishing boats and around 11,000 vessels returned to port on Saturday morning.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is now heading for the Philippines.
A government damage assessment was underway except in areas still being battered by winds and rain.
In Hong Kong, Security Minister John Lee Ka-chiu urged residents to prepare for the worst as the storm barrelled toward the southern Chinese city.
The passing of powerful Mangkhut over the plants, both under 250 km away from Hong Kong, threatens the possibility of damage to their nuclear reactors.
Multiple Hong Kong airlines, including flag carrier Cathay Pacific, have announced they will waive charges for rebooking or rerouting flights to and from the city during the worst of the storm.
More than 100,000 residents and tourists in China have been moved or sent home, and more than 3,000 shelters have been organized in preparation for the storm.
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