Tuesday, 16 October, 2018


Typhoon Mangkhut: millions in path of storm and monsoon rains

Philippines braces for 'very destructive' typhoon The Latest: Hong Kong, southern China brace for typhoon
Bennie Garza | 13 September, 2018, 09:05

Mangkhut, the 22nd typhoon this year, will pass through the Philippines with estimated maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour), reported The Philippine Star.

But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) continued to categorize Mangkhut as a typhoon as of Tuesday afternoon.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, an even more powerful storm than USA -bound Hurricane Florence, was heading Wednesday for the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

With the predicted path of the typhoon, it could also hit Taiwan and Hong Kong next.

The Philippine Red Cross estimates three million Filipinos live in the direct path of Mangkhut, communications officer Mary Joy Evalarosa told AFP.

PAGASA said Mangkhut has slowed down but gained strength and will traverse Northern Luzon, passing Cagayan and Batanes on Saturday but residents will experience heavy rainfall by Friday.

Ompong is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, expected to peak at gusts of up to 270 kilometers per hour on Thursday before easing to still unsafe velocities as it approaches land, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Typhoon is the name given to tropical cyclones generated in the western Pacific. He had already ordered schools and government offices to close on September 12.

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 Philippines is bracing for Typhoon Mangkhut, the most powerful storm this year, with millions living in its path and fears its rains could combine with monsoonal storms that could spark landslides and flash flooding.

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

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.

An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.

Mangkhut is expected to be as strong as Haiyan - a super typhoon that killed more than 6,200 people in the Philippines in 2013.

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