Tuesday, 25 September, 2018

Philippines braces for Mangkhut, most powerful typhoon of the year

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm mammoth rains likely Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely
Ebony Burgess | 13 September, 2018, 18:12

It's forecast to make a landfall in the main Luzon island, Cagayan, on Saturday and lose some more power before heading to Hong Kong and Southern China.

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 USA agency.

Over the next two days, the typhoon will travel towards Vietnam's northern coastal provinces from Quang Ninh to Nam Dinh.

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.

Schools were shuttered and some farmers took to their fields to start early harvest of corn and rice that could be ruined by flooding.

An advisory from the JTWC on Tuesday said Mangkhut was packing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 306 kph.

Storm surges of up to seven metres (23 feet) are expected to hit coastal areas, it said, while heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.

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

"The worst cases are those areas which will be directly hit by strong winds that can topple houses, storm surges and heavy rains that can cause flooding, and there may be landslides in higher areas", Jalad told reporters.

President Rodrigo Duterte adjusted his schedule on Thursday so he can lead the command conference on the government's preparation for Typhoon Ompong.

Medical and emergency response teams were on stand by, heavy equipment mobilised and more than 1.7 billion pesos ($31.45 million) of relief goods prepared as Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, edged towards the storm-prone nation on its way towards southern China and northern Vietnam.

With winds that may gust up to 240km/h, Mangkhut is expected to be more powerful than the Super Typhoon Wanda that resulted in heavy casualties in 1962 and the Super Typhoon Hato, which triggered the highest level typhoon warning signal previous year. 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.

"The weather here is still good but we're moving them now because it's very important that when it comes, people will be away from peril, " Mr Mamba said.

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