Supertyphoon "Noru" hit the Philippines on Sunday, hitting the densely populated main island of the state, Luson, with heavy winds and heavy rains. Thousands of people left their homes.
The storm was accompanied by a maximum long wind speed of 195 km/ when it hit an archipelagic country. Nora, the worst storm this year, hit the shore in the municipality of Burdeos on the Polillo Islands in Keson province at 5:30 p.m. local time.
Late on Sunday night, the synoptics issued warnings of "serious floods" in vulnerable parts of Manila's capital and surrounding provinces.
The Philippines is regularly hit by hurricanes, and scientists warn that they are becoming more powerful as the world becomes warmer because of climate change, and Nora is expected to enter the South China Sea region on Monday and head towards Viet Nam.
The storm hit some 100 kilometres north-east of Manila, preparing relief workers for a possible strong wind and heavy rain in the capital, where more than 13 million people live, forced evacuations have been carried out in some high-risk mega-cities, including in poor communities whose members live in sloppy shacks along rivers.