Philippines: 10 million people lie in path of "destructive" Typhoon Mangkhut - Philippines

Hugh Fox
September 13, 2018

"Its track and wind strength near the centre may change under the influence of the terrain of Luzon, but it is expected to remain in the category of super typhoon after entering the South China Sea", wrote the Hong Kong Observatory on its website.

Even so, Guy said will come "dangerously close to clipping the country", causing heavy rain and flooding in the island's north, where local authorities are preparing relief goods and security forces have been put on alert.

Governor Manuel Mamba of the Philippines island of Cagayan said officials would start evacuating islanders on September 13. The U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts top winds of 135 knots (155 miles per hour) with maximum gusts of 165 knots in the next three days.

Members of monitoring team use a copy machine as an electronic screen shows details of typhoon Mangkhut at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Quezon City, east of Manila, on Thursday. Government agencies were conducting damage assessments and beginning to clear roads, according to the Pacific Daily News.

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About 80% of the United States territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

In 2016, a super typhoon lashed southern parts of Cagayan, destroying tens of thousands of houses. "This is more complicated because of possible storm surges", Mamba said on September 12.

Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.

The storm, which is the strongest to hit the Philippines this year, is also threatening farmlands in Luzon just before the rice and corn harvest. In the province of Benguet and Kalinga, at least 136 people have been evacuated, according to the civil defence office.

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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.

Although there are still uncertainties about its trajectory, it is expected that Mangkhut will bring adverse weather to the regions of Macau, Hong Kong and the coastal cities of southern China.

Mangkhut, a Thai word for the mangosteen fruit, is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries. 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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