Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Typhoon 'Mangkhut' intensifies as it approaches PH

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely ‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency
Jay Anderson | 13 September, 2018, 16:09

It was tracked on Thursday about 725 kilometres (450 miles) away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 205 kilometres (127 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 255 kph (158 mph), they said. It could affect as many as 31.4 million people in the region, according to the United Nation's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

On Guam, a USA territory, residents woke up on Tuesday to flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages after Mangkhut passed through overnight.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said by telephone that evacuations of residents from risky coastal villages and island municipalities north of the rice-and corn-producing province of 1.2 million people have started and classes at all levels have been cancelled.

The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday and is expected to make a landfall at the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday morning.

In 2016, a super typhoon lashed the southern section of Cagayan, destroying tens of thousands of houses.

Filipino disaster agency officials have convened in Manila in preparation for a category 5 typhoon barreling towards the northern Philippines.




The storm, named after a fruit in Thailand, is forecast by the USA military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center to bring top winds of 145 knots (268 kilometers per hour) with maximum gusts of 175 knots. 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.

"I'm stressing that this one is very different, this is more complicated because of possible storm surges", Mamba said, referring to giant waves whipped inland by a typhoon.

He has already ordered schools and government offices to close. In the territory, frequent strong winds and showers could occur and serious floods could caused by storm surge in lower areas, ' the SMG told MNA.

President Rodrigo Duterte has begun evacuating coastal regions before the storm makes landfall, which is expected to be some time on Saturday.

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.

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.

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