HARROWING photos show the shocking devastation wrecked on the northern Philippines as Typhoon Mangkhut begins to rip through the area.
At least twelve people have already died as the massive storm brings destruction from the Pacific Ocean.
Almost every building in the city of Tuguegarao have been damaged, a government official said, and communications were down in places.
More than four million people were in the path of the storm, which packs 115mph winds.
And thousands have been evacuated amid warnings of 6m storm surges.
“It can lift cars, you can’t stand, you can’t even crawl against that wind”
Government forecaster Rene Paciente
Shock photos show a teenager forced to carry his smaller friend through fast moving flood water in an area east of Manila.
Rafts are used to navigate through the usually busy streets of Rizal Province.
And a coastal road is rendered totally impassable because of the large quantities of debris littering the area.
In the first confirmed deaths, two rescuers were killed trying to help people trapped in a landslide.
And there are unconfirmed reports of casualties in the coastal town of Aparri.
The evacuation centre there is said to have been destroyed and phone networks are down.
The deadliest storm on record in the Philippines was Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed more than 7,000.