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

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

While the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Hurricane Florence is set to make impact on the coastal areas of North and SC on September 14, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is larger and has an extra day or two before hitting a major body of land, possibly Luzon in the Philippines.

Mangkhut, classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, is forecast to pack maximum winds of 230 kilometers per hour by Friday before gradually weakening.

State weather bureau PAGASA has raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 over Catanduanes after Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) entered the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday afternoon. "The typhoon is threatening Northern Luzon and may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area this Saturday". Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in the Southeast Asian country in 2013.

A super typhoon in the Pacific is gaining even more strength and is forecast to barrel through the Philippines and Taiwan this week before heading to Hong Kong and south China.

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An advisory from the JTWC on Tuesday said Mangkhut was packing winds of up to 250 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 306 kph.

A typhoon may bring widespread damage such as uprooted trees and damage to infrastructure, according to PAGASA's forecast.

Moderate with at times heavy rains and thunderstorms may be experienced over Palawan, Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao due to the trough of Typhoon Ompong and the southwest monsoon.


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