Philippines braces for most powerful typhoon this year

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known as Super Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, is now equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane, with winds of at least 252 kilometers per hour (157 mph), stronger than Florence, which is expected to cause massive flooding and devastation in the Carolinas.

The strengthening cyclone passed by Guam on Monday evening, bringing peak wind gusts of 130 km/h to the island before it reached its current super typhoon status.

As per the state weather bureau, Mangkhut is likely to threaten Northern Luzon and is expected to cross the Cagayan-Batanes area by Saturday and still remain as a typhoon.

About 80 per cent of the USA territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning. He said classes would be suspended and offices, except those involved in rescue and relief work, had been advised to close on Friday.

Thousands of residents will be evacuated as the deadly super typhoon tracks across the South China Sea.

"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.

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year is threatening the farmlands in Northern Luzon just before the rice and corn harvest.

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

It's expected to be 179 nautical miles (331.5 kilometers) off Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on September 15 before heading to Hong Kong, according to the US agency.

The Thai Meteorological Department is cautioning many parts of Thailand that they will experience a large amount of precipitation from Tropical Storm "Barijat", which will affect the northern and northeastern regions today and tomorrow, and Typhoon "Mangkhut", which will affect the windward areas of the central, eastern, and southwestern region from this Sunday until next Tuesday. Because the storm is expected to shift to the south, more of the region will be exposed to the brunt of its force. "We are going to evacuate more". "The rain will last for days".

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