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ImageA rescue worker escorted a child during an evacuation of people living along coastal areas in Manila on Sunday.
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Manila races to prepare for potential devastation.

Manila, the sprawling, low-lying capital of the Philippines, braced for the impact of Typhoon Goni on Sunday afternoon, as the powerful tropical storm churned its way across the country’s central eastern flank.

Although the typhoon has weakened since it made landfall early on Sunday morning with sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, about 13 million people in and around the Philippine capital are at risk from heavy rain, winds, flooding and possible storm surges. Power outages were reported across parts of the city on Sunday afternoon.

Thousands of city residents have been relocated by the Coast Guard and local disaster officials, particularly those living in vulnerable areas near Manila Bay.

“We have been on high alert since Friday,” said Francisco Domagoso, the mayor of Manila. “So far, the winds have been OK,

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