Typhoon Mangkhut path MAPPED: Where will Super Typhoon make landfall?

Howard TerrySep 13, 2018

The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday and is expected to make a landfall at the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday morning.

Typhoon Mangkhut has already hit Guam resulting in flooding of streets, uprooting of trees as well as widespread power outages.

It could affect as many as 31.4 million people in the region, according to the United Nation's Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

On this topic, Philippines disaster agency Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said, "residents in coastal areas must be evacuated by Thursday [today], when heavy rains are expected".

Hurricane Florence is packing maximum sustained wind speeds of 120 miles per hour, while Mangkhut is packing maximum sustained winds of 135 miles per hour, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) and the NHC.

Multiple Hong Kong airlines, including flag carrier Cathay Pacific, have announced they will waive charges for rebooking or re-routing flights arriving or departing the city during the worst of the storm.

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.

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, Philippine state forecaster Meno Mendoza said.

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

Schools were shuttered and some farmers took to their fields to start early harvest of corn and rice that could be ruined by flooding.

As of Wednesday, Typhoon Mangkhut was carrying maximum sustained winds of 205km/h and gusts of up to 255km/h, according to the Philippine weather bureau. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

Northern parts of Luzon and eventually Hong Kong and Guangdong Province will see major impacts over the coming days.

Wu Te-jung, professor of meteorology at Central University in Hsinchu, said Mangkhut was expected to strengthen on Friday, but the threat to Taiwan had been reduced by its change of direction towards the Bashi Channel, which connects the northern Philippines to Taiwan.

NOAA satellite image of Hurricane Florence.

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