TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines’ northeastern coast early Saturday, its ferocious winds and blinding rain ripping off tin roof sheets and knocking out power, and plowed through the agricultural region at the start of the onslaught.

The typhoon made landfall before dawn in the coastal town of Baggao in Cagayan province on the northern tip of Luzon Island, a breadbasket of flood-prone rice plains and mountain provinces often hit by landslides. More than 5 million people were at risk from the storm, which the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center downgraded from a super typhoon but still punching powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 4 Atlantic hurricane.

An evacuee fixes her bag inside a temporary evacuation center at Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Typhoon Mangkhut retained its ferocious strength and slightly shifted toward more densely populated coastal provinces on Friday as it barreled closer to the northeastern Philippines, where a massive evacuation was underway. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
An evacuee rests inside an evacuation center as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Residents walk as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Evacuees stay inside a dimly lit room as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Sandals from evacuees pile outside their room at an evacuation center as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A volunteer passes by packs of relief goods as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A girl uses a smartphone at an evacuation center as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Evacuees walk inside an evacuation center as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A resident walks as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Ninia Grace Abedes, left, feeds a bottle to her baby Akesha as they stay inside an evacuation center as rains from Typhoon Mangkhut begin to affect Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A satellite image with land graphic borders shows the width and trajectory of Typhoon Mangkhut as it approaches the Philippines, Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  (RAMMB and CIRA via AP)
A lone vehicle navigates the road as strong winds and rain from Typhoon Mangkhut batter Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines late Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Guests prepare to transfer rooms after the roof was partly damaged due to strong winds from Typhoon Mangkut in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Guests prepare to transfer rooms after the roof of their hotel was partly damaged due to strong winds from Typhoon Mangkut in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A guest carries bedsheets as they transfer rooms after the roof of their hotel was partly damaged due to strong winds from Typhoon Mangkut in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Strong winds and rain batter a town as Typhoon Mangkhut hits Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Guests sleep inside a hotel restaurant after the roof of their room was partly damaged due to strong winds from Typhoon Mangkut in Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A man rides his tricycle as strong winds and rain from Typhoon Mangkhut batter Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018.  (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
Strong winds and rain batter buildings and business establishments as Typhoon Mangkhut hits Tuguegarao city, Cagayan province, northeastern Philippines on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
A commuter walks to work amidst traffic barriers which were toppled by Typhoon Mangkhut which barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Commuters brave the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Commuters brave the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Motorists brave the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Street sweepers go about their daily business amidst the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Motorists avoid a flooded street as heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut barrelled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Motorists brave the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Motorists drive their vehicles through the floods which was brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut that barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Motorists negotiate a flooded street following heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Fire rescuers head to low-lying areas in Manila under heavy rains and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which also barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
Waves slam the seawall as Typhoon Mangkhut continues to batter the country after hitting land in northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A vehicle negotiates a flooded street in Manila as Typhoon Mangkhut continues to batter northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A motorist tries to avoid a flooded Manila street at the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A commuter braves the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A traffic enforcer gestures at motorists to avoid a flooded street at the onslaught of Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)
A commuter braves the rain and strong winds brought about by Typhoon Mangkhut which barreled into northeastern Philippines before dawn Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

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