Strongest typhoon this year closes in on north Philippines

Glen Norman
September 13, 2018

In its 11 a.m. tropical cyclone advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the typhoon which will be named "Ompong" once it enters PAR is last observed at 1,845 kilometers east of southern Luzon as of 8 a.m. We are preparing our emergency assets and relief items.

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, Mamba said.

Emergency supplies were flown to the island using the world's largest aircraft, the Antonov Airlines AN-255.

She said seven million others are at risk in the country, with the typhoon expected to boost the intensity of seasonal monsoon rains that have already caused widespread flooding in central Luzon, a mainly farming region north of capital Manila.


Classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, Mangkhut accelerated while slightly weakening to maximum winds of 240 kilometers per hour compared with 250 kilometers per hour earlier on Thursday.

"Hong Kong as of the forecast now will be on the right quadrant of the storm with the greatest impacts from wind, rain and storm surge along that coast line", he said.

'It will bring destruction. Even moderate winds can topple their houses, ' regional civil defence official Dante Balao told AFP.

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.


After leaving the Philippines, it is expected to blow toward Hong Kong and southern China on Sunday if it maintains its course, forecasters said.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it expects "substantial damage" on the Philippine path of Mangkhut.

The typhoon, expected to be closer to south China by the weekend, will bring heavy rains and storm surges on its trail.

The Social Welfare Bureau president, Vong Yim Mui, speaking on the sidelines on the opening ceremony of the "Hato Education Sponsorship Fund", said that Macau is prepared for the upcoming typhoon and that all 16 shelters running under the Bureau's supervision "are already prepared and ready to enter into operation as soon as the government decides".


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