There are no immediate reports of damage or casualties. Nearly a million people have been evacuated from their homes in Bicol region.
Over the next 12 hours, “catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall” would be experienced in the Bicol region, which covers the southern end of the main island of Luzon and Catanduanes, according to PAGASA.
Super Typhoon Goni, the strongest typhoon to batter the Philippines this year, made landfall in Bicol, the southernmost region of the country’s main island of Luzon, early on Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Goni, which intensified into a super typhoon at 2 a.m., was blowing maximum sustained winds of 225 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 280 kilometers per hour when it slammed into Bato town in Catanduanes, an island province in the southeastern part of Luzon, at around 4:50 a.m.