Philippines starts massive evacuations as huge typhoon nears

Blanche Robertson
September 13, 2018

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.

After the passage of typhoon Barijat yesterday, which caused no damage or significant disruption to the city's daily activities, the region is already preparing for another storm - typhoon Mangkhut - one that has already been classified as a super typhoon and is now heading toward the South China coast. It has already passed the USA territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

With the predicted path of the typhoon, it could also hit Taiwan and Hong Kong next.

Governor Manuel Mamba of the Philippines island of Cagayan said officials would start evacuating islanders on September 13.

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

Red Cross teams have been placed at the highest level of alert as communities in Northern Luzon in the Philippines brace for Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong).

The Pacific Daily News reported government agencies were conducting damage assessments and beginning to clear roads.

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The entire coastlines of North and SC , in addition to some parts of southeastern Virginia, are under a mandatory evacuation plan. Boarding up his home in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chris Pennington watched the forecasts and tried to decide when to leave.

About 80% of the U.S. territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

Ana, Cagayan on Thursday ahead of Typhoon Ompong's landfall.

The typhoon is approaching at the start of the rice and corn harvesting season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mr Mamba said.

Officials said other northern provinces started evacuating residents Thursday from high-risk areas, including in northern mountain provinces prone to landslides. 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. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

With winds that may gust up to 240km/h, Mangkhut is expected to be more powerful than the Super Typhoon Wanda that resulted in heavy casualties in 1962 and the Super Typhoon Hato, which triggered the highest level typhoon warning signal previous year.

The Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut is expected to reach China's southeastern coast on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the US east coast braces as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas, expected to make landfall late September 14 or early September 15.

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