Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Philippines Starts Evacuations Along Coast As Super Typhoon Nears

Philippines Starts Evacuations Along Coast As Super Typhoon Nears

Philippine officials say they plan to evacuate thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices and scramble to harvest rice and corn as the most powerful typhoon so far this year menacingly roars toward the country's north.

"Its track and wind strength near the centre may change under the influence of the terrain of Luzon, but it is expected to remain in the category of super typhoon after entering the South China Sea", wrote the Hong Kong Observatory on its website.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is predicting Mangkhut will leave "substantial damage" in its path.

Forecasters said typhoon, considered as the strongest this year, could hit northern Cagayan province on Saturday.

. It was tracked on Thursday about 450 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127 miles per hour and gusts of up to 158 mph.

On Guam, a United States territory, residents woke up on Tuesday to flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages after Mangkhut passed through overnight.

"The typhoon is threatening Northern Luzon and may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area this Saturday".

Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces will also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.

On Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with around 88 per cent of the island having electricity by Thursday morning. 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.

Mr Duterte cancelled his appearance at a missile test-firing aboard a navy ship off northern Bataan province due to the approaching typhoon. Chairman Richard Gordon 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".

It's expected to be 179 nautical miles (331.5 kilometers) off Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on September 15 before heading to Hong Kong, according to the US agency.

Mangkhut would be the 15th storm to batter the Philippines this year. It's the rain that could be the biggest issue with latest updates on what Florence may do after making landfall looking much more concerning for a major flood event in both North and SC.

Like this: