Typhoon Mangkhut: Philippines lashed by winds of more than 100mph

Hong Kong, the Philippines Brace For Powerful Super Typhoon Mangkhut with 180 MPH Winds

Super typhoon Mangkhut is approaching the Philippines with estimated 167 miles per hour winds and gusts to 200 miles per hour, threatening a devastating impact to the northern tip of the main island of Luzon when it makes landfall on Saturday.

An average of 20 typhoons and tropical storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.

There have so far been no immediate reports of major damages or casualties in the region, where a massive evacuation from high-risk areas has been under way for the last two days.

The dead were two women killed in landslide, a girl who drowned and a security guard crush by a falling wall.

Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said the 12 died mostly in landslides and houses that got pummeled by the storm's fierce winds and rain.

Hong Kong residents were told to be ready for Super Typhoon Mangkhut by Saturday night as the Observatory warned winds would pick up sharply after midnight, with a typhoon No 10 signal possible on Sunday.

Expect "severe disruptions" at Hong Kong International Airport as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the city this weekend, said Cathay Pacific in a travel advisory on Saturday (Sep 15).

In 2013, Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing, flattened villages, swept ships inland and displaced more than 5 million in the central Philippines.

In an emergency meeting Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte asked Cabinet officials from the north to help oversee disaster-response work and told reporters it was too early to consider seeking foreign aid.

"Almost all of the buildings here have been damaged, the roofs were blown away", Rogelio Sending, a government official in Tuguegarao, the capital of Cagayan, told Reuters.

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Nearly 1 million people are living in coastal areas, or have homes made of light materials, along the storm's path, Edgar Posadas, spokesman of the disaster-monitoring agency, earlier said.

People take shelter in Cagayan, where the storm was projected to make its initial landfall.

Mangkhut has already torn through Guam and the Marshall Islands in the Pacific, causing widespread flooding and power loss.

"Both of them are responders to those affected by the typhoon", said Jalad.

Television footage and videos posted on social media showed bursts of rain, trees thrashed by winds, shop signs torn down and metal sheets peeled off roofs.

At noon, Mangkut was estimated to be about 760km southeast of Hong Kong and predicted to move west-northwest at about 30km/h across the northern part of the South China Sea.

Typhoon Mangkhut has resulted in storm warnings for both Hong Kong, as it could pass within 200 km of the city, and the Chinese regions of Guangdong, Shenzhen and the southern coastal areas.

Mangkhut, which is being called the world's most powerful storm this year, ripped into the northern Philippines on Saturday as a Category 5 storm, bringing winds of up to 269 kilometres (167 miles) per hour. According to Rene Paciente, a Filipino meteorologist, the typhoon is so strong that it "can lift cars, you can't stand, you can't even crawl against that wind".

Known locally as Ompong, Typhoon Mangkhut at one point hit gusts of 305 kph before it left the Philippines and moved across the South China Sea with reduced wind speeds.

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