Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most dangerous and strongest storms on the record. And it targeted to the Philippines and Hong Kong with up to 43 million people in the firing line.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is equal to a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone, boasting maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gusts up to 285kph.
The reports say that Mangkhut was “significantly stronger” than Hurricane Florence, which is simultaneously hurtling towards the US as North Carolina locals evacuate the region to avoid the onslaught. And the reports also said that Mangkhut was the most powerful storm system to have developed on Earth this year but that it wasn’t the strongest since records began in 1946, as has been reported internationally. Typhoon Haiyan – which killed more than 6,000 people when it lashed the Philippines with maximum sustained winds of 230kph and gusts of 325kph in 2013 – holds that record.
On Friday, Mangkhut was in the Pacific, about 450km from the Philippines with the 125km-wide eye expected to make landfall on the country’s largest island, Luzon, on Saturday.
The Global Disaster Alert and co-ordination System (GDACS) said it expected a “high humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path” of destruction. As many as 43 million people could be exposed to Mangkhut’s cyclonic winds, according to the GDACS. More than four million Filipinos are reportedly at risk of the storm which could drench areas as far south as the country’s island capital, Manila. The Super Typhoon was then likely to continue tracking west to Hong Kong and southern China, jeopardizing millions of more lives, on Sunday and Monday.
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Office of Civil Defense chief Ricardo Jalad told an emergency meeting led by the Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte that about 4.2 million people in Cagayan, nearby Isabela province and outlying regions were vulnerable to the most destructive effects near the typhoon’s 125km-wide eye. Nearly 48,000 houses in those high-risk areas are made of light materials and vulnerable to Mangkhut’s ferocious winds.