2018-09-13 06:26:58 UTC
Philippines typhoon: Millions in the path of the year's strongest storm
Philippines threatened by typhoon
Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to hit the Philippines on the
weekend. (AP: Aaron Favila)
13 Sep 2018 03:13Z
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The most powerful typhoon of the season is closing in on the northern
Philippines, where officials ordered precautionary evacuations and
closures of schools and offices and urged farmers to quickly harvest
their crops to reduce damage.
* Typhoon Mangkut has recorded winds of 265kph
* Potential for storm surges, flooding and landslides increase the risks
* The typhoon is the 15th storm to batter the Philippines this year
Forecasters said Typhoon Mangkhut, considered the strongest this year,
could hit northern Cagayan province on Sat.
It was located about 800 kilometres away in the Pacific with sustained
winds of 265 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 325kph.
It could maintain the strength of a super typhoon when it hits land in
the north-eastern corner of Luzon Island, which is home to about 48
With a massive rain band 900 kilometres wide, combined with seasonal
monsoon rains, the storm could bring heavy to intense rains that could
set off landslides and flash floods, state forecaster Meno Mendoza said.
Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said that authorities in northern
coastal and island villages in the typhoon's projected path will begin
evacuating residents ahead of the expected onslaught.
He said classes will be suspended and offices, except those involved
in rescue and relief work, had been advised to close on Fri.
In 2016, a super typhoon lashed the southern section of Cagayan,
destroying tens of 1000s of houses.
Mangkhut is blowing from the Pacific and forecast to directly slam the
province's north-eastern coastal and island municipalities, Mr Mamba said.
"I'm stressing that this one is very different - this is more
complicated because of possible storm surges," Mr Mamba said,
referring to giant waves whipped inland by a typhoon.
Harvest threatened amid rice shortages
The typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest
season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were
scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mr Mamba said.
The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.
Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern
provinces will also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas.
"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," Mr Jalad said.
After leaving the Philippines, the fast-moving storm is expected to
blow toward Hong Kong and southern China on Sun if it maintains its
course, forecasters said.
Mangkhut is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which
is hit by about 20 a year and is considered one of the world's most
Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and
displaced more than 5 mn in the central Philippines in 2013.
Philip Klotzbach @philklotzbach 12 Sep 2018 23:52Z
Supertyphoon #Mangkhut now has max winds of 180 mph - making it the
strongest storm of the 2018 Northern Hemisphere #hurricane season to
date - surpassing Jebi. pic.twitter.com/TZGAD7ROEl
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Assaad Razzouk @AssaadRazzouk 13 Sep 2018 01:49Z
As US east coast prepares for destructive Hurricane #Florence, the strongest
typhoon this year strengthens even more as it closes in on north Philippines
-> Massive rain band 900 kilometers (560 miles) wide
-> 10m Filipinos in its path
buff.ly/2Nc32CH #Mangkhut #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/aUQOy3wnas
Philip Klotzbach @philklotzbach 13 Sep 2018 02:52Z
The Northern Hemisphere #hurricane season has already generated more
Accumulated Cyclone Energy in 2018 than in all of 2017.
#Florence #Isaac #Joyce #Helene #Manghkut pic.twitter.com/V8m0n0tNF1
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