These statistics show the power of Super Typhoon Mangkhut

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

The state weather service said Mangkhut will be the strongest typhoon so far this year, with sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour.

Mactan Weather Specialist Romeo Aguirre said PAGASA has issued gale warnings to the eastern seaboard of Samar and Southern Leyte, as the weather disturbance has brought moderate to strong winds of 41 to 63 kph.

Cebu Station announced the cancellation of all trips from Cebu starting at 12 p.m. Storm warnings have been raised in 25 provinces on the main northern island of Luzon, restricting sea travel.

MANILA, Philippines Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people Thursday from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country's north. "We were too scared to remain".

Flooding, landslides and wind damage from the coming storm were top concerns as authorities prepared equipment for rescue and relief operations.

Mangkhut, a Thai word for mangosteen, is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

President Rodrigo Duterte and defence, interior and energy chiefs were given a briefing on emergency plans for a storm that could impact 4.3 million people, more than 800,000 of whom live in poverty.

‘Mangkhut’ now a supertyphoon — US weather agency

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. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

The typhoon is 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.

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

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

Storm surges of up to seven metres (23 feet) are expected to hit coastal areas, it said, while heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.

"What's happening now is pre-emptive evacuation in certain areas", said Manuel Mamba, governor of the northeastern province of Cagayan, where schools and offices were closed and police, military and coastguard told to be ready.

"Yes. I have been briefed... the nitty-gritty was already discussed so I could understand already the apparatus being placed there in the meantime waiting for the crisis to happen because every typhoon is a crisis", Duterte said when asked by reporters if he was pleased with the preparation and disaster response schemes presented by government officials.

Gov. McMaster declares state of emergency ahead of storm arrival
None of these storms have ever hit the U.S. and therefore, if Florence does strike North or SC , it would be a historic moment. Many people in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic probably have not experienced a storm of the potential magnitude of Florence.

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