The Philippines is preparing for the most powerful storm that has occurred so far this year, as the super typhoon Mangkhut plummets on the islands.
Winds of up to 160 mph are driving a 23-foot wall of water into the country with at least 10 million people waiting to be in their path.
President Rodrigo Duterte began evacuating the coastal regions before the storm hits land, which is expected to be sometime on Saturday.
Super typhoon Mangkhut is approaching the Philippines with 160 mph winds pushing a 23-foot wall of water toward coastal cities
Heavy rains have already begun to hit the city of Quezon, outside the capital, Manila, before the typhoon lands on Saturday
The government has begun to evacuate thousands of people from coastal cities, with an estimated 10 million on the path of the storm.
Mangkhut will be the most powerful storm that will hit the Philippines so far this year, with the country hit by 20 typhoons each season.
Once it has swept the Philippines, Mangkhut will continue to China, where millions more are at risk in areas along the coast.
Thousands of people are evacuating the coastal areas of the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon, where the storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday.
"The preventive evacuation is happening in our coastal municipalities, the towns that are prone to tidal waves," said local government spokesman Rogelio Sending.
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Floods, landslides and wind damage from the next storm were the main concerns as authorities prepared teams for rescue and relief operations.
The schools were closed and some farmers were taken to their fields to begin the early harvest of corn and rice that could be ruined by the floods.
The storm has already swept the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.
A mother and her son make their way through an already flooded street in Quezon City
Schools have been closed throughout the country as authorities warn of floods, landslides and wind damage from the next storm.
Cars make their way along flooded streets outside Manila on Thursday
Government workers collect garbage and debris along the coast of Manila Bay to prevent it from being washed away by the coming storm tide
Binmen cleans the garbage from the streets of Manila before the typhoon to prevent it from washing in the water supplies and poisoning them
In Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with about 88 percent of the island with electricity by Thursday morning.
Emergency supplies were sent to the island using the world's largest aircraft, Antonov Airlines AN-255.
The huge plane, which has six engines and a wingspan of 290 feet, was used to transport food and water supplies from California, landing in Guam on Wednesday.
An average of 20 typhoons and storms hit the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.
The deadliest in the country in history is the Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing in the center of the Philippines in November 2013.
The state meteorological service said Mangkhut will be the strongest typhoon so far this year, with sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour.
The typhoon is expected to increase the intensity of seasonal monsoon rains that have already caused flooding in central Luzon, a mainly agricultural region north of the capital, Manila.
The poor communities that depend on fishing are some of the most vulnerable to the fierce typhoon winds and the storm surge that hits the coast.
Filipino soldiers practice ground and water rescue skills as part of their preparations for the coming typhoon
Every year hundreds of people in the Philippines die and millions more remain in a state of perpetual poverty due to storms
The government says that thousands more people will be evacuated from the most vulnerable communities before the storm arrives (in the image, soldiers prepare for rescue operations)
Deaths are expected across the northern tip of the largest island in the Philippines when the storm hits on Saturday (in the photo, soldiers practice emergency rescues)
It will bring destruction. They are the most affected. Even moderate winds can tear down their houses, "regional civil defense official Dante Balao told AFP.
Hong Kong is also in sight of Mangkhut and preparations were already underway, although the storm was not expected to arrive until Sunday.
Social media users and radio commentators from Hong Kong said they were supplying food and supplies.
The Hong Kong Observatory warned residents to prepare for the storm, saying it represented a "considerable threat".
The Philippine state meteorological service said heavy rains and strong winds are expected from Friday over northern and central Luzon, along with rough seas on the coasts.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it expected "substantial damage" on the Philippine road to Mangkhut.
Storms of up to seven meters (23 feet) are expected to increase in coastal areas, he said, while heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.
The civil defense office in Manila said that towns and cities on the Mangkhut road are preparing government buildings such as evacuation centers, food storage and other emergency rations.