Published: Thu, September 13, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Philippines starts massive evacuations as huge typhoon nears

Philippines starts massive evacuations as huge typhoon nears

According to a report from weather website AccuWeather, Mangkhut is expected to bring the threat of flooding, rainfall and strong winds from the Philippines and Taiwan into China early next week. We are preparing our emergency assets and relief items.

The storm has already swept over the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake.

Mangkhut, locally known as super typhoon Ompong, has already passed the US territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

The Thai Meteorological Department is cautioning many parts of Thailand that they will experience a large amount of precipitation from Tropical Storm "Barijat", which will affect the northern and northeastern regions today and tomorrow, and Typhoon "Mangkhut", which will affect the windward areas of the central, eastern, and southwestern region from this Sunday until next Tuesday. The U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center forecasts top winds of 135 knots (155 miles per hour) with maximum gusts of 165 knots in the next three days.

In the Philippines, 10 million people are living in the path of the powerful cyclone, according to the Red Cross which has placed its teams in Northern Luzon on alert.

"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.

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Social media users and radio commentators in Hong Kong said they were stocking up on food and supplies.

The Royal Irrigation Department says that these two storms are not a high concern for the department as the RID had already prepared for more precipitation during the rest of September by draining water at all major dams.

The Philippines state weather service said heavy rains and strong winds are expected from Friday over the north and centre of Luzon, along with rough seas on the coasts.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in the Philippines is on alert to support response efforts.

With a massive raincloud band 900 kilometres (560 miles) wide, combined with seasonal monsoon rains, the typhoon could bring heavy to intense rains that could set off landslides and flash floods, government forecasters said.

Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces would also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday.

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