Flights have been cancelled and schedules altered ahead of one of the world’s most powerful typhoons heading towards Taiwan.

‘Super Typhoon’ Meranti has forced the grounding of a number of services throughout the region by carriers including China Airlines and Mandarin Airlines.

Other services face delays or disruption as a result of what is being described as the world’s strongest tropical cyclone so far this year, with winds gusting to as much as 190mph.

Meranti was tracked over the Pacific, with the eye of the storm reported to be striking the northern islands of the Philippines.

People in Taiwan and China are preparing for the category five typhoon to hit today (Wednesday) although it is expected to lose intensity.