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Residents cross a flooded road on July 15, 2014, in Sultan Kudarat, Mindanao, Philippines. Thousands of people have been fleeing coastal areas as the first major typhoon of the season hits the island nation. / Jeoffrey Maitem, Getty Images

Typhoon Rammasun has made landfall in the Philippines, and another landfall is expected today.

The storm is now predicted to hit Manila as a Category 2 typhoon later today.

At least 300,000 people have been evacuated from eastern coastal areas, ferry services are suspended and schools closed in parts on Luzon island as the storm intensified and headed straight towards the capital of Manila, the Christian Science Monitor reported.

Rammasun had peak winds of around 115 mph when the cyclone made its first landfall in southeast Luzon, AccuWeather's Eric Leister said.

A second landfall is expected today.

The Weather Channel reports that Rammasun is the strongest typhoon to make landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan ravaged the central Philippines eight months ago, killing thousands.

The Philippine weather service has named this system Glenda. The nation uses its own separate list of names for tropical cyclones crossing the Philippines and adjacent waters.

Rammasun is Thai for the God of thunder.



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