Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

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

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely ‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency
Glenn Montgomery | 13 September, 2018, 16:11

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System said the more than 27.3 million people will be exposed to the power of Mangkhut.

Mangkhut, locally known as super typhoon Ompong, has already passed the USA territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba tells The Associated Press by telephone that evacuations of residents from risky coastal villages and island municipalities north of the province have started and classes in all levels have been canceled.

Forecaster Meno Mendoza said Mangkhut's strong winds could whip up storm surges while heavy rain could trigger landslides and floods.

A super typhoon roared toward the Philippines on Thursday, prompting thousands to evacuate ahead of its heavy rains and fierce winds that are set to strike at the weekend before moving on to China.

While Mangkhut is now stronger than Hato -- also known as Tropical Storm Isang -- or Haima it is likely to decrease in strength as it nears southern China, particularly if it crosses land over northern Luzon, which will slow the storm, according to Guy, the meteorologist.

The Hong Kong government convened a meeting on Wednesday to review contingency plans.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is predicting Mangkhut will leave "substantial damage" in its path.

Hurricane Florence, which is approaching the eastern United States and Super Typhoon Mangkhut which is heading towards the northern Philippines and may also hit Hong Kong.

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

President Rodrigo Duterte adjusted his schedule on Thursday so he can lead the command conference on the government's preparation for Typhoon Ompong. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.

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. Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in the Southeast Asian country in 2013.

Mangkhut, a Thai word for mangosteen, 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 is expected to devolve into a tropical depression as it makes landfall Friday morning.

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