Super Typhoon Forecast to Hit Philippines Saturday

Typhoon lashes south China after killing 36 in Philippines

Typhoon lashes south China after killing 36 in Philippines

Super Typhoon Mangkhut churns west towards the Philippines.

Disaster authorities have yet to complete damage assessments from Mangkhut, the 15th and most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year, which had maximum gusts of 305 kph (190 mph), and was expected to clear land after 10:00 a.m. on its way towards southern China and Vietnam.

Ferocious Mangkhut has caused death and destruction in the Philippines, where it entered in the early hours and ripped through Luzon with torrential rains punishing winds of more than 125 mph.

"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", Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippines Red Cross, said in a statement.

Authorities said the military and other emergency responders were on standby.

Power and communications were down in parts of northern Luzon, where some residents in high-risk areas chose to ride out the storm to protect homes from looters.

The biggest storm of the year has been downgraded from a "super" to a "severe" typhoon, but it is still considered very unsafe and the city issued its highest storm warning of Level 10 as winds of up to 117 miles per hour began closing in on the southern coast of China.

Storm warnings remained hoisted in 10 northern provinces, including Cagayan, which could still be lashed by devastating winds, forecasters said.

Some residents have been evacuated from low-lying areas with storm surges of up to 3.5 m expected.

Mangkhut is already the storm of 2018, and is now packing sustained winds of 165 km, with gusts up to 205 km per hour.

Relief workers wade through flood waters to rescue stranded people in Brgy. Sagud-Bahley San Fabian in Pangasinan after Typhoon Mangkhut known locally as Ompong hit the Philippines in this still image taken from

A satellite view of typhoon Mangkhut. All high-speed and some normal rail services in Guangdong and Hainan provinces were also halted Sunday, the China Railway Guangzhou Group Co. said.

Francis Tolentino, political adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, told the BBC that there was also extensive crop damage in the agricultural heartland state.

The Tuguegarao airport in northern Luzon has been heavily damaged.

The storm packed winds of 185km/h (115mph).

Gov. Bojie Dy reports more than 5,000 people have been evacuated from coastal areas in Isabela province.

Vehicles move through flooded roads as strong winds blow at Roxas Boulevard in Manila, Philippines, September 15, 2018 in this still image taken from video obtained from social media.

The costs could rise if Mangkhut's track shifts to make a direct hit on Hong Kong, though Mr Watson said the storm does not appear to be closing in there. Mangkhut's intense rainbands are affecting Hong Kong, bringing frequent squalls and heavy rain. - Super Typhoon Mangkhut has smashed through the Philippines, as the biggest storm to hit the region this year claimed the lives of its first victims and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

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

The storm is expected to be one for Hong Kong's record books.

At least 134 flights have been canceled across the country and the Coast Guard reported more than 4,000 people have been stranded because of ferry disruptions in the archipelago.

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