Typhoon Rammasun, also known as Typhoon “Glenda,” is set to strike the Bicol region in the east of the country at 6:00pm (1000 GMT), with Manila and other heavily populated areas also expected to be hit early Wednesday, the state weather service said.
It will bring very strong wind with center winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of 150 kilometers an hour.
The strong wind is expected to topple trees and electric poles, and may even rip roofs off poorly constructed houses.
The typhoon had a diameter of 500 kilometers and will cause a large amount of rain that could cause flash flooding and landslides.
People living in coastal areas in the Provinces of Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Northern Samar that is threatened by storm surges were ordered to evacuate their homes.
Schools in several cities were closed and about 50 domestic flights and four international flights have been cancelled, along with ferry services.