Thousands evacuated in the Philippines ahead of super typhoon Mangkhut

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

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

The two storms will not directly hit Thailand but will intensify the southwestern monsoon bringing heavier rains in the mentioned areas.

Classified by the Hong Kong Observatory as a super typhoon, Mangkhut accelerated while slightly weakening to maximum winds of 240 kilometers per hour compared with 250 kilometers per hour earlier on Thursday.

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

With the predicted path of the typhoon, it could also hit Taiwan and Hong Kong next.

Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba tells The Associated Press by telephone that evacuations of residents from risky coastal villages and island municipalities north of the province have started and classes in all levels have been canceled.

Floods, landslides and huge waves could put millions at risk as Typhoon Mangkhut hurtles towards the Philippines and Hong Kong.

Philippine officials say they plan to evacuate thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices and scramble to harvest rice and corn as the most powerful typhoon so far this year menacingly roars toward the country's north.

On Guam, a U.S. territory, residents woke up on Tuesday to flooded streets, downed trees and widespread power outages after Mangkhut passed through overnight.

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

He had already ordered schools and government offices to close on September 12. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.

Medical and emergency response teams were on stand by, heavy equipment mobilised and more than 1.7 billion pesos ($31.45 million) of relief goods prepared as Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, edged towards the storm-prone nation on its way towards southern China and northern Vietnam. The center of Mangkhut will make its closest approach to Taipei on Sept 15 and Hong Kong on Sept 16.

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.

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