Philippines weather officials say Super Typhoon Mangkhut has gathered strength as it moves towards the country.
The officials say more than five million people are directly in the path of the storm which is now packing winds in excess of 255 kilometers per hour.
Last-minute preparations are under way before it makes landfall on the main island of Luzon by Saturday, as flights have been cancelled, schools shut and the army is on standby.
They said that the storm, which is 900km in diameter, will be powerful enough to remain a “significant threat” even if it slows down before making landfall.
The storm which is known locally as Ompong, has already struck the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.
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