The typhoon slammed into the Philippines' northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught.
Mangkhut, the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, made landfall in Cagayan province, on the northern tip of the Philippines island of Luzon, about 2:30 a.m. local time Saturday.
Typhoon Mangkhut has lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes, leaving at least 12 people dead.
Gov. Bojie Dy reports more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas in Isabela province.
Mauricio Domogan, mayor of the city of Baguio, said three people were killed in landslides and six were missing.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force command, located in Hawaii, had downgraded Mangkhut from a "super typhoon", when it had peak wind speeds of 180 miles per hour, prior to landfall on the country's largest and most populous island.
Locally known as typhoon Ompong and typhoon 29W, typhoon Mangkhut is set to bring extreme winds and rainfall to northern Luzon, with the influence of monsoon season rains set to exacerbate the situation.
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Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Super Typhoon Mangkhut as it roared over her Philippines home Saturday packing winds of more than 250 kilometres (155 miles) per hour.
As the storm leaves the Philippines this evening, attention will quickly turn to President Rodrigo Duterte's response to the disaster, including his government's reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts.
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At daybreak in Cagayan's capital, Tuguegarao, Associated Press journalists saw a severely damaged public market, its roof ripped apart and wooden stalls and tarpaulin canopies in disarray.
Evacuation of several thousand has been taking place in Philippines, as 4 million residents in the north brace for the direct hit of this mammoth Typhoon.
Two-hundred people who had taken shelter in a school were re-evacuated because a dyke holding back a swollen river was about to burst.
After passing the Philippines the island of Taiwan could receive strong storm force winds and heavy rains, following which it will be Hong Kong and mainland China that is on watch for future impacts.
"The newscaster said the typhoon now is twice as strong", added Parallag, who makes money selling street food.
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.
A government damage assessment was underway except in areas still being battered by winds and rain.
According to the South China Morning Post, the Home Affairs Department urged property management companies and residents to take necessary precautions.
As the storm is on pace to hit China's southern coast on Sunday, Cathay Pacific warned travellers that it expected more than 400 flight cancellations over the next three days.
Last year, 10 people died in Macau as a result of Typhoon Hato, the strongest storm to hit the city in over five decades, which also caused large-scale flooding and damage to property.
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