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A powerful typhoon killed at least three and forced more than 200,000 people to evacuate when it tore through the Philippines with furious 96mph winds today.

Typhoon Kammuri blew into the Sorsogon province of Luzon island late on Monday then barreled westward through Quezon province, ripping off roofs, knocking out power and flooding low-lying villages.  

The storm had maximum sustained winds of 96mph and gusts of up to 146mph as it headed toward a cluster of island provinces and coastal regions lying south of Manila, where the Southeast Asian Games had opened on Saturday. 

As the typhoon was exiting the Philippines it hit the central island of Mindoro, where one man was crushed by a falling tree and another was killed by a flying piece of lumber, police said.

Villagers move a fallen piece of roof as they clear debris from fallen homes in Legazpi after Typhoon Kammuri

Villagers move a fallen piece of roof as they clear debris from fallen homes in Legazpi after Typhoon Kammuri

The typhoon destroyed homes and cancelled hundreds of flights across the Philippines

The typhoon destroyed homes and cancelled hundreds of flights across the Philippines

Ahead of the storm's arrival on Monday, a 33-year-old man was electrocuted while he secured a roof against furious winds. These had weakened to a maximum of 85mph later on Tuesday. 

Authorities evacuated some 225,000 people ahead of the arrival overnight of Typhoon Kammuri, known locally as Tisoy, amid fears of flooding, storm surges and landslides.

Heavy rain and winds caused damage to the airport in Legazpi, where a portion of the ceiling collapsed and glass panes shattered. 

Photographs from the aftermath show waves crashing against bulwarks, panels flying off roofs, and fallen trees.

Authorities warned of storm surges of up to three metres and possible floods and landslides ahead after heavy winds and rain.

The powerful storm had maximum sustained winds of 96mph and gusts of up to 146mph

The powerful storm had maximum sustained winds of 96mph and gusts of up to 146mph

Villagers watch on as groups of men remove fallen wood and metal sheets from the ground

Villagers watch on as groups of men remove fallen wood and metal sheets from the ground

A man walks past electric poles lying on the main highway after Typhoon Kammuri hit Camalig town

A man walks past electric poles lying on the main highway after

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