Thousands of people have begun evacuating coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country.

Typhoon Mangkhut, packing winds of 160 miles per hour, is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend.

Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.

Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.

According to BBC News, the Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year, but forecasters say this is the strongest so far in 2018 – 900 kilometres in diameter, with sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour.

Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 23 feet and are warning that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.

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