Typhoon Utor is whipping across the central Philippines, killing at least three people and forcing 70,000 residents from their homes.

Evacuees huddled in makeshift emergency shelters Sunday as the typhoon toppled power lines across the island nation with winds of 120 kilometers an hour.

Authorities are urging villagers on the western island of Mindoro to head to higher ground to avoid possible flash floods and large waves.

Authorities ordered the mass evacuation from Albay province to prevent a repeat of the disaster that struck just over a week ago when another typhoon triggered mudslides on Mayon Volcano.

The massive sludge covered entire villages, leaving at least 1,300 people dead or missing.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.