Year’s strongest storm batters Philippines

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The world’s strongest storm this year, Super Typhoon Mangkhut, is blasting the northern coast of the Philippines with strong winds and heavy rain. Reports say it broke windows and downed power lines on the island of Luzon before dawn. More than four million people are directly in the path of the storm, which has winds of 200km/h and gusts reaching up to 330km/h. Thousands have been evacuated amid warnings of 20 feet storm surges. Officials have warned of there may be “very heavy damage” to vulnerable structures.

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