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Super typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines and China

Super typhoon Mangkhut heads towards the Philippines and China”

Mangkhut, the 22nd typhoon this year, will pass through the Philippines with estimated maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour), reported The Philippine Star.

As massive as Hurricane Florence is, which is bearing down on the Carolinas, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is even bigger and has more distance and time to grow further.

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.

Forecasters on Monday also raised another alert as Typhoon "Mangkhut" continued to gain strength as it moved westward toward northern Luzon. At this stage 10 million people lie in the path of the major storm. Mangkhut now has 200 kph center winds and 245 kph gusts.

Forecaster Meno Mendoza said Mangkhut's strong winds could whip up storm surges while heavy rain could trigger landslides and floods.

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

A powerful typhoon is expected to make a landfall in the Philippines' main Luzon island on Saturday (Sept 15), prompting authorities to place 17 areas on alert and start evacuations.

While Mangkhut is now stronger than Hato -- also known as Tropical Storm Isang -- or Haima it is likely to decrease in strength as it nears southern China, particularly if it crosses land over northern Luzon, which will slow the storm, according to Guy, the meteorologist.

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. Mangkhut is blowing from the Pacific and forecast to directly slam the province's northeastern coastal and island municipalities, Mamba said.

A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was canceled due to the approaching typhoon.

Mangkhut is forecast to enter the Philippines on Wednesday just after another storm left.



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