Super Typhoon Mangkhut Makes Landfall in Philippines


"We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August", Philippines Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said in a statement.

A Philippine official says three people have been killed after Typhoon Mangkhut pummeled the country's northern breadbasket with ferocious winds and rain that set off landslides, damaged an airport terminal and ripped off tin roofs.

That storm killed 6000 people when it struck the Philippines.

The Philippines military is sending two C-130 airplanes and 10 helicopters to Cagayan province for typhoon relief and rescue efforts, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday, according to Philippine News Agency (PNA).

Mangkhut entered the Philippines as a super typhoon in the early hours, and sent fierce winds and heavy rains across the entire main island of Luzon, home to about half the country's 105 million people.

The South China Morning Post on Wednesday reported that the system could turn out to be stronger than any of the 15 typhoons that have been given Hong Kong's highest warning signal and looked set to be one of the strongest to ever hit Southeast Asia.

There are warnings that typhoon Mangkhut could result in storm surges of as much as 23 feet in the landfall region, suggesting significant coastal damage to communities in its path.

Mangkhut, named after a Thai fruit, weakened after hitting land, and now has maximum sustained winds of 213 kilometers per hour, according to the JTWC.

It's forecast to cross the South China Sea and strike Guangdong by Sunday.

Manila Electric said 430,000 customers in the capital region and nearby provinces are without electricity.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte also held a meeting with the council on Thursday to address any additional emergency procedures.

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Nearly all buildings in the city of Tuguegarao, Cagayan's provincial capital, sustained damage, a government official said.

"The rains will be strong and the winds are no joke".

Here an elderly resident of the town of Aparri on the north coast of Luzon is seen during the high winds and rain.

The fear of Mangkhut is remembered by the Philippians in the form of Typhoon Haiyan, which had caused huge damage in 2013 causing the death of more than 6,000.

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is now heading for the Philippines.

In Hong Kong residents have taped up windows and stocked up on water and supplies after authorities warned the storm could be one of the worst to ever hit the city.

Forecasters have called Super Typhoon Mangkhut the strongest storm so far this year.

The skyline of the Kowloon area is silhouetted at sunset before typhoon Mangkhut approached Hong Kong.

As the storm is on pace to hit China's southern coast on Sunday, Cathay Pacific warned travellers that it expected more than 400 flight cancellations over the next three days.

The NDRRMC predicted that 4.2 million people within the 125-kilometer radius of the center of the typhoon would be exposed to the storm, which was revised from 5.2 million earlier in the day after the storm model changed.

National carrier Finnair announced Saturday afternoon that it had cancelled flights AY 101 and AY 099 scheduled to depart Helsinki for Hong Kong at 4.45pm and 11.45pm respectively.