Typhoon Mangkhut path: 10 MILLION people in path of MASSIVE super typhoon
13 September, 2018, 16:13 | Author: Jason Torres
It was tracked on Thursday about 450 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 158 mph.
Leung Wing-mo from the Hong Kong Meteorological Society told HKFP that given the strength of the super typhoon, it is likely to adversely affect Hong Kong if it continues on its trajectory towards Guangdong: "It is a very strong typhoon".
TYPHOON MANGKHUT, which will be locally named Ompong once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), has intensified as it moves westward towards the northern part of the country.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Mangkhut will enter the PAR on Wednesday afternoon and storm signals may be raised by Wednesday evening.
Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said more than 4 million people in the northeastern provinces of Cagayan and Isabela and outlying provincial regions are vulnerable to the most destructive effects near the typhoon's 125-kilometre (77-mile) -wide eye.
Mangkhut has already swept past the United States territory of Guam, in the western Pacific, where it caused flooding and power outages.
Philippine officials say they plan to evacuate thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices and scramble to harvest rice and corn as the most powerful typhoon so far this year menacingly roars toward the country's north. Government agencies were conducting damage assessments and beginning to clear roads, according to the Pacific Daily News. The threat to agriculture comes as the Philippines tries to cope with rice shortages.
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On Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with around 88 per cent of the island having electricity by Thursday morning.
A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was canceled due to the approaching typhoon.
"Although there are still uncertainties in its track, Mangkhut is expected to bring adverse weather to Hong Kong on Sunday with frequent squalls and heavy rain according to the present forecast track".
About 20 cyclones pass through disaster-prone Philippines each year.
The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.
Meanwhile, the USA east coast braces as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas, expected to make landfall late September 14 or early September 15.
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