Philippines, Hong Kong Brace for Super Typhoon Mangkhut

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It was 1,190 kilometres (738 miles) away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 205 kilometres per hour (127 miles per hour). Mangkhut has already passed over Guam where power outages and torrential wind and rain impacted the small island.

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.

Authorities in the Philippines say they expect storm surges of up to 7m (23 feet) and are warning that heavy rains could trigger landslides and flash floods.

In 2016, a super typhoon lashed the southern section of Cagayan, destroying tens of thousands of houses.

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Presently, the forecasts available predict that the effects of the typhoon will reach their peak in Macau on Sunday, bringing thunderstorms and heavy rain as well as very rough sea conditions. According to HKO, the storm is expected to skirt around 100 to 200 kilometers (62 to 124 miles) south of Hong Kong on Wednesday afternoon, bringing strong winds and rain.

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is predicting Mangkhut will leave "substantial damage" in its path. "This is more complicated because of possible storm surges", Mamba said on September 12.

Duterte issued the order during the command conference with weather, disaster, and other government officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) operations center in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year is threatening the farmlands in Northern Luzon just before the rice and corn harvest.

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Mangkhut is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 storms a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.

The storm's current path has it passing through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and southern Taiwan, before continuing on to Hong Kong and Macau. It is expected to devolve into a tropical depression as it makes landfall Friday morning.

MANILA-Moderate to heavy rains are expected in most parts of the country starting Wednesday (Sept. 12) as the strong typhoon with global name "Mangkhut" continues to gain strength and moves westward into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

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