The Philippines braces for the arrival of Typhoon Utor

The Philippines is bracing for the arrival of Typhoon Utor, warning of heavy rains and potential floods in what is expected to be the strongest storm to hit the country so far this year. 

The typhoon is packing gusts of up to 185 kilometres per hour. 

It is expected to make landfall in the north-eastern agricultural province of Aurora tomorrow morning. 

Heavy rains are likely to cover a larger area including the capital Manila.

It is forecast to dump up to 25 millimetres of rain an hour within a 600-kilometre diameter of the typhoon. 

Officials have warned seafarers to remain at port due to strong waves, as the police, military and emergency relief authorities were placed on high alert.