Philippines: 10 million people in the path of Mangkhut

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

"The typhoon is threatening Northern Luzon and may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area this Saturday".

Now super Typhoon Mangkhut is located in the northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean, with maximum wind speed in the center reaching 240 km/h.

Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. encouraged passengers travelling this weekend to and from Hong Kong to re-book and the airline will waive the fees.

Leung Wing-mo from the Hong Kong Meteorological Society told HKFP that given the strength of the super typhoon, it is likely to adversely affect Hong Kong if it continues on its trajectory towards Guangdong: "It is a very strong typhoon".

Thousands are evacuating seaside areas of the northern tip of the main Philippine island of Luzon, where the storm is expected to make landfall early Saturday.

The Philippines is anticipating that Mangkhut will be as strong as Haiyan, prompting the preparation of food, supplies and rescue as well as 1.7 billion pesos ($31.5 million) in stand-by funds, according to the disaster agency.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii categorized the storm as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts.

The typhoon is arriving at the start of the rice and corn harvest season in Cagayan, a major agricultural producer, and farmers were scrambling to save what they could of their crops, Mamba said. It has already passed the US territory of Guam, where it caused widespread flooding and power outages.

On Guam, the typhoon knocked down houses, power lines and trees, with around 88 per cent of the island having electricity by Thursday morning.

Luzon was devastated by Super Typhoon Haima - known as Lawin locally - in 2016, with 14,000 houses destroyed and 50,000 homes damaged, according to CNN Philippines. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.

A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was canceled due to the approaching typhoon.

The Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut is expected to reach China's southeastern coast on Sunday. Nevertheless, the forecast path could continue to be revised over the coming days, with September 15 being the date that the storm comes closest to the country.

Last year, at least eight people died in Macau as a result of Typhoon Hato, the strongest storm to hit the city in over five decades, which also caused widespread flooding and damage to property.

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