Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions in Philippines braced for storm

It is now barreling across the Pacific Ocean with wind gusts of more than 178 mph an hour (287 kph).

Typhoon Mangkhut has already hit Guam resulting in flooding of streets, uprooting of trees as well as widespread power outages.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said by telephone that northern coastal and island villages in the typhoon's projected path will begin evacuating residents on Thursday ahead of the expected onslaught.

Forecasters said Typhoon Mangkhut could hit northern Cagayan province on Saturday.

Luzon was devastated by Super Typhoon Haima - known as Lawin locally - in 2016, with 14,000 houses destroyed and 50,000 homes damaged, according to CNN Philippines. According to HKO, the storm is expected to skirt around 100 to 200 kilometers (62 to 124 miles) south of Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and rain. Mangkhut is forecast to move in the general direction of the Phillippine island of Luzon on Thursday and Friday, entering the South China Sea on Saturday.

"As Mangkhut has a large circulation with intense winds, it will pose considerable threat to the coast of Guangdong", according to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mamba said.

Florence expected to become major hurricane, risk to East Coast increasing
Mr Smith said that a hurricanes strongest winds lie in the storms “right forward quadrant” from its direction of movement. The hurricane center cautions that the swells "are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions".

"I'm stressing that this one is very different".

The civil defence office in Manila said towns and cities on Mangkhut's path are preparing government buildings as evacuation centres, stockpiling food and other emergency rations, and preparing rescue teams and equipment.

President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled his Thursday plan to board a navy ship in Bataan in central Luzon to conduct a missile test.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms batter the country each year, leading to hundreds of deaths.

Those cities will bear the brunt of the storm, which is due to make landfall in southern China early Monday morning.

It's expected to be 135 nautical miles (250 kilometers) off Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on September 15 before heading to Hong Kong, according to the US agency.

MANILA-Moderate to heavy rains are expected in most parts of the country starting Wednesday (Sept. 12) as the strong typhoon with worldwide name "Mangkhut" continues to gain strength and moves westward into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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