Typhoon 'Mangkhut' to enter PH Wednesday noon

Leroy Wright
September 13, 2018

Mangkhut has already swept past the United States territory of Guam, in the western Pacific, where it caused flooding and power outages.

"We are preparing our emergency assets and relief items".

Almost 43 million people in the south-east Asian region could be affected, according to United Nations' Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

More than three million people live in northern Luzon, which is sparsely populated compared to other parts of the island.

Mangkhut, classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, is forecast to pack maximum winds of 230 kilometers per hour by Friday before gradually weakening. The Pearl River Delta region, which includes Hong Kong and Macau, is among the most densely populated in the world.

Mangkhut is expected to leave the country by Sunday.

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

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. encouraged passengers travelling this weekend to and from Hong Kong to re-book and the airline will waive the fees. It could maintain the strength of a super typhoon when it hits land in the northeastern corner of Luzon Island.

Floods, landslides and huge waves could put millions at risk as Typhoon Mangkhut hurtles towards the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Mangkhut is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 storms a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development of the Philippines has set aside 1.7 billion Philippine Pesos (£24 million) worth of emergency funds and stockpiles in preparation for the possible extreme weather, according to the government-run Philippine Information Agency. 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.

It could be felt strongest in the provinces of Cagayan and Batanes with an intensity of 205 to 255 kph. As the system continues to get close to the PAR i.e. the Philippine area of responsibility, it is likely to intensify even further into a Cat 5 Typhoon.

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