A super typhoon roared towards the Philippines on Thursday, prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China.
Typhoon Mangkhut, which has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, is speeding across the Pacific with winds that can gust as high as 255km per hour.
Authorities said some 10 million people in the Philippines are in the storm's path, not including millions more in heavily-populated coastal China.
Thousands began evacuating in seaside areas of the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon, where the storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday. "We are really frightened. They say it (typhoon) is so strong," said Delaila Pasion, who had fled her home. "We were too scared to remain."
"During the previous monsoon rains, half of our house was destroyed so I wanted to take my grandchildren to safety," she said.