Super Typhoon Mangkhut bears down on Philippines


After the passage of typhoon Barijat yesterday, which caused no damage or significant disruption to the city's daily activities, the region is already preparing for another storm - typhoon Mangkhut - one that has already been classified as a super typhoon and is now heading toward the South China coast.

Shoppers were stocking up on fruits and vegetables, as well as fish and meat, with many stores selling out their wares earlier than usual, according to the South China Morning Post.

Hong Kong's flag carrier Cathay Pacific said on Wednesday its flight operations "will likely deteriorate, with flight delays and cancellations expected this coming weekend".

MANILA, Philippines The most powerful typhoon of the season is closing in on the northern Philippines, where officials ordered precautionary evacuations and closures of schools and offices and urged farmers to quickly harvest their crops to reduce damage.

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

Ana, Cagayan on Thursday ahead of Typhoon Ompong's landfall.

Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces will also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday. The threat to agriculture comes as the Philippines tries to cope with rice shortages. In the territory, frequent strong winds and showers could occur and serious floods could caused by storm surge in lower areas, ' the SMG told MNA.

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.

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It's expected to be 179 nautical miles (331.5 kilometers) off Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan on September 15 before heading to Hong Kong, according to the USA agency.

About 20 cyclones pass through the disaster-prone country each year.

The storm approaches the Phillipines as hurricane Florence will make landfall on the south-east coast of the United States later this week.

"The weather here is still good but we're moving them now because it's very important that when it comes, people will be away from peril, " Mr Mamba said.

"My message is clear: disaster is at the doorstep", North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said on Wednesday, local time.

'We are going to evacuate more'.

Duke Energy Corp. warned that as many as three million residents, 75 per cent of its total customer base, may lose power in North and SC.