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Super Typhoon ‘Mangkhut’ strikes northern Philippines

A strong typhoon packing winds of more than 200 kph (124 mph) tore across the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and causing widespread power and communications outages.

Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Philippines, strongest storm this year

A strong typhoon packing winds of more than 200 kph (124 mph) tore across the northern tip of the Philippines on Saturday, bringing heavy rain and causing widespread power and communications outages. (Source: AP)

Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Philippines, strongest storm this year

There were no immediate reports of casualties after super typhoon Mangkhut, a category 5 storm, entered the province of Cagayan in the early hours and sent winds and rains across the entire main island of Luzon.(Source: AP)

Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Philippines, strongest storm this year

The typhoon made landfall before dawn in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon Island, a breadbasket of flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces often hit by landslides. More than 5 million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded from a super typhoon but still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 4 Atlantic hurricane. (Source: AP)

Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Philippines, strongest storm this year

More than 15,300 people had been evacuated in northern provinces by Friday afternoon, the Office of Civil Defense said.(Source: AP)

Typhoon Mangkhut lashes Philippines, strongest storm this year

After the Philippines, the Hong Kong Observatory predicts Mangkhut will aim at the Chinese mainland early Monday south of Hong Kong and north of the island province of Hainan. Though it is likely to weaken from a super typhoon to a severe typhoon, it will still pack sustained winds of 175 kph (109 mph), it said. (Source: AP)

Mangkhut, the Thai word for mangosteen fruit, is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.(Source: AP)