Thursday, 21 February, 2019

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to pack maximum winds of 230kph by Sept 14 2018 before gradually weakening Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely
Melinda Barton | 13 September, 2018, 09:08

The storm may damage as many as 156,793 metric tons of rough rice and 257,100 metric tons of corn in the Philippines worth as much as 13.5 billion pesos ($250 million), Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Pinol wrote on his Facebook account Tuesday.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut, an even more powerful storm than US -bound Hurricane Florence, was heading Wednesday for the Philippines, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The violent Super Typhoon Mangkhut now has sustained winds of 130mph (200km/h) - the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane and the winds of Hurricane Florence which is racing towards the south-east coast of the US.

Even so, Guy said will come "dangerously close to clipping the country", causing heavy rain and flooding in the island's north, where local authorities are preparing relief goods and security forces have been put on alert.

Mangkhut, also referred to in the Philippines as Ompong, was estimated to be 1,145km east of the northern province of Catanduanes and an emergency alert had already been raised.

Super typhoon Mangkhut - expected to be the strongest typhoon this year - is rapidly gathering momentum in the Pacific as it heads towards populous Asian coasts.

Classes have also been cancelled in some areas of Luzon in the path of the typhoon.

Almost 43 million people in the south-east Asian region could be affected, according to United Nations' Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

The storm is forecast to make landfall in southern China early on Monday morning.

The observatory said Mangkhut will pack winds of up to 220 kilometres per hour (136 miles per hour) as it passes through Hong Kong.

Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to bring heavy rains and flooding along the northern coastal provinces of Cagayan and Batanes. It has already passed the USA territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

Hundreds of people stayed in packed emergency shelters and schools overnight.

A prayer for deliverance from calamities will be recited in Catholic churches across the Philippines starting Thursday as the country braces for Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut), a powerful storm expected to hit northern Luzon.