Typhoon Mangkhut damage LIVE pictures: Latest images as Magnkhut SMASHES Philippines

Saturday, September 15, 2018
By Paul Martin

TYPHOON Mangkhut smashed into the Philippines overnight, bringing torrential rains and severe winds and killing at least three. Here are the latest images of devastation in the Philippines.

By GEORGINA LAUD
Express.co.uk
Sat, Sep 15, 2018

yphoon Mangkhut has been downgraded from super typhoon status, but is still the strongest storm this year so far, with gusts of up to 200mph.

The typhoon made landfall at 1.40am local time (8.40am BST) on Saturday, September 15 in Baggao, Cagayan.

As torrential rain and severe winds lashed the northernmost part of the Philippines, news came of two victims of the storm.

Both of those killed were women, their deaths the result of rain-sodden hillside collapsing, according to news agency AFP.

You can find all the latest images from Typhoon Mangkhut here as the storm hits today.

Philippine state weather agency PAGASA have since downgraded the domestic threat level, but have warned the danger was far from over.

Continued storm surges and torrential rainfall could trigger floods and more landslides.

Three dams have been opened in the worst-hit area of Luzon, to release water following persistent heavy rainfall.

PAGASA meteorologist Rene Paciente said: ”We are asking the people to remain alert and continue taking precautions.”

Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, has been described by the World Meteorological Organisation as the strongest tropical cyclone the world has faced so far this year.

Images from the Philippines show houses ripped apart by the 200mph winds, with debris littering the streets.

Residents have taken to beaches to forage for any recyclable materials that may have washed ashore, but in doing so face battling mountainous waves.

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