Philippines braced for giant typhoon putting four million at risk
PHILIPPINE AUTHORITIES were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert.
More than four million people live in areas at most risk from the storm, which the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre in Hawaii categorised as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane. Typhoon Mangkhut is on course to hit north-eastern Cagayan province early on Saturday.
It was tracked yesterday about 250 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127mph and gusts of up to 158 mph.
With a massive rain cloud band 560 miles wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could bring heavy to intense rains that could set off landslides and flash floods, the forecasters said. Storm warnings have been raised in 25 provinces across the main northern island of Luzon, restricting sea and air travel.
After the Philippines, the Hong Kong Observatory predicts Mangkhut will plough into the Chinese mainland early on Monday morning south of Hong Kong and north of the island province of Hainan.
Though it will weaken from a super typhoon to a severe typhoon, it will still be packing sustained winds of 109mph.