Typhoon Goni: Philippines hit by year’s most powerful storm

Typhoon Goni is barrelling across the Philippines, bringing with it “catastrophic” 225km/h (140mph) winds and torrential rainfall.

At least four people are reported to have died. Homes have been damaged and roads inundated with flash flooding.

Goni made landfall as a super typhoon at Catanduanes island on Sunday at 04:50 local time (19:50 GMT Saturday).

It has since weakened as it crosses the main island of Luzon, where the capital Manila is located.

But forecasters, in a severe weather bulletin, still warned of “catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall” as well as flash-flooding, landslides and “sediment-laden streamflows”.

Goni – known as Rolly in the Philippines – is the most powerful storm to hit the country since Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,000 people in 2013.

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