Super typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines and China

Super typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines and China

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

According to a report from weather website AccuWeather, Mangkhut is expected to bring the threat of flooding, rainfall and strong winds from the Philippines and Taiwan into China early next week.

Hurricane Florence is packing maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 miles per hour, while Mangkhut is packing maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the NHC. About 80 per cent of the USA territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

The Social Welfare Bureau president, Vong Yim Mui, speaking on the sidelines on the opening ceremony of the "Hato Education Sponsorship Fund", said that Macau is prepared for the upcoming typhoon and that all 16 shelters running under the Bureau's supervision "are already prepared and ready to enter into operation as soon as the government decides".

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Last month, Tropical Storm Yagi and monsoon rains brought heavy floods across central Luzon and parts of Manila, causing widespread destruction.

Cagayan Governor 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.

"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.

Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces will also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday.

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

The storm may damage as many as 156,793 metric tons of rough rice and 257,100 metric tons of corn in the Philippines worth as much as 13.5 billion pesos ($250 million), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol wrote on his Facebook account Tuesday. Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in the Southeast Asian country in 2013.

Mangkhut was forecast to hit the northern Philippines on Friday and then move on to Taiwan before heading to Hong Kong and southern China by Sunday.

Meanwhile, the US east coast braces as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas, expected to make landfall late September 14 or early September 15.

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