Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

Mangkhut is now barrelling across the Pacific with gusts of 255 kilometres (160 miles) per hour.

The violent Super Typhoon Mangkhut now has sustained winds of 130mph (200km/h) - the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane and the winds of Hurricane Florence which is racing towards the south-east coast of the US.

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.

Meanwhile Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on track to swipe the northern Philippines and then heads on towards Hong Kong. Richard Gordon, its chairman, said: "We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August".

Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to bring heavy rains and flooding along the northern coastal provinces of Cagayan and Batanes. He has already ordered schools and government offices to close. It could maintain the strength of a super typhoon when it hits land in the northeastern corner of Luzon Island.

"We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm", said Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross.

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency
Strongest typhoon this year closes in on north Philippines

The cyclone is now working its way through the Pacific with winds of up to 160mph.

In 2016, a super typhoon lashed the southern section of Cagayan, destroying tens of thousands of houses.

"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", Jalad told reporters.

President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled his Thursday plan to board a navy ship in Bataan in central Luzon to conduct a missile test.

While the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Hurricane Florence is set to make impact on the coastal areas of North and SC on September 14, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is larger and has an extra day or two before hitting a major body of land, possibly Luzon in the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

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