A strong typhoon is battering the northern Philippines, where thousands of people have been evacuated to avoid a repeat of the death and destruction wrought by a powerful storm last month.
Officials say Typhoon Yutu slammed into Dinapigue town in northeastern Isabela province before dawn on Tuesday with sustained winds of 150km/h and gusts of up to 210km/h.
It knocked down trees and power posts and ripped roofs off small houses, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.
More than 10,000 villagers moved to safety in northern provinces before Yutu hit.
Yutu has weakened significantly since the night of October 24, when as a super typhoon packing 270km/h winds it made a direct hit on Saipan and Tinian, two islands of the Northern Marianas, an American territory about 9000km west of the US mainland.
It is expected to blow out of the northern Philippines later on Tuesday after barging westward across provinces that were damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut in mid-September.
Australian Associated Press