Evacuations start as Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on Philippines

13 September, 2018, 14:10 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, is now equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, with winds of at least 252 kilometers per hour (157 mph), stronger than Florence, which is expected to cause massive flooding and devastation in the Carolinas.

Typhoon Mangkhut, considered as the strongest and most massive so far this season, could hit northeastern Cagayan province on Saturday. He added that although the typhoon could spare the island a direct hit, it would still bring torrential rains to the south and east of the island, where serious flooding occurred earlier this month.

The observatory said Mangkhut will pack winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour (136 miles per hour) as it passes through Hong Kong.

Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.

According to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System, up to 43.3 million people may be affected by Mangkhut.

Hong Kong had been bracing for a direct hit on September 12, but the typhoon warning was cancelled the morning of September 13, the Hong Kong Observatory announced, as forecasts tracked Mangkhut's path further south.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba says coastal villages will start evacuating residents Thursday ahead of the onslaught.

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About 80 percent of the US territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

The Palace official also said the Office of Civil Defense has already ensured that its land, air, and sea assets are ready for the deployment of rescue teams and supplies distribution.

The storm may damage as many as 156,793 metric tons of rough rice and 257,100 metric tons of corn in the Philippines worth as much as 13.5 billion pesos ($250 million), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol wrote on his Facebook account Tuesday.

A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was cancelled due to the approaching typhoon.

Super Typhoon Haiyan remains the Philippines' deadliest cyclone, leaving 7,350 people dead or missing in 2013.

Mangkhut is forecast to make landfall in the northern Philippines on Sept. 14 or Sept. 15 and then move on towards southern China by Sept. 16. It's the rain that could be the biggest issue with latest updates on what Florence may do after making landfall looking much more concerning for a major flood event in both North and SC.

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