Published On: Sat, Sep 15th, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut path tracker LIVE: THOUSANDS evacuate- Philippines STRUCK by 130mph winds | World | News


Typhoon Mangkhut is packing winds of 160mph and is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend.

Thousands of people have begun evacuating from coastal areas of the Philippines as the hurtling super typhoon heads towards the country.

Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.

Find the latest path tracker news, live updates and satellite images from Typhoon Mangkhut here. All times in BST.

Saturday September 15

01.00am update: The typhoon is forecast to keep heading west, passing through Hong Kong on Sunday afternoon

Hong Kong authorities have urged residents to stay indoors when the storm approaches, and weather experts say it may be the strongest tropical storm to hit the territory in decades.

The typhoon is expected to weaken into a tropical depression by Tuesday.

Friday September 14

8.20pm update: Three dams in Luzon release water as Mangkhut hits

A total of three dams in Luzon have opened gates to release water as heavy rains prompt flood warnings. 

Typhoon Mangkhut’s heavy rain and winds have led the Ambuklao Dam to open five gates at 2.5 meters, a recent advisory from Philippine meterologists PAGASA said.

Binga Dam in northern Luzan was also forced to open six gates to 3.5 metres, after waters came within 3 metres of the dam’s water limit.

Magat Dam was forced to do the same, opening three gates to six metres, just four metres from its critical level. 

Allowing water to flow from within the dams mean that they can now acommodate the extra rainfall and prevent any dams bursting. 

6.40pm update: Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Cagayan

At 1.40am local time on Saturday September 15 Mangkhut made landfall in Baggao, Cagayan.

Thousands of people have already fled the area prior to landfall, where the eye of the storm is now positioned. 

At least 5 million people are in the path of the intense storm, still spinning with high winds that could peak at 166mph. 

Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Cagayan

Typhoon Mangkhut makes landfall in Cagayan (Image: PAGASA)

6.20pm update: Mangkhut powerful enough to uproot trees

The current time in the Philippines is 1.19am, nearing the period Mangkhut was scheduled to make landfall at Cagayan. 

Mangkhut is still continuing as a super typhoon, on a hurricane category 4 with winds of 127mph.  

The storm winds are powerful enough now to uproot trees ans scatter them into the streets according to Rene Paciente, assistant weather services chief of the PAGASA weather division, who talked to Philstar.com. 

She said: “It can toss vehicles and pin people to the ground,” when asked about the relative strength of Mangkhut. 

4.50pm update: Typhoon Mangkhut hits Luzon

Typhoon Mangkhut has slammed into the island of Luzon, carrying winds of 127mph, as a major storm. 

The outside winds of the system extend up to 550 miles from the eye, and are currently battering the island. 

Mangkhut’s eye won’t descend on the island until it hits Cagayan tomorrow. 

There are currently no signs the typhoon is losing speed, and is set to cause maximum damage before moving into the Luzon mountains this weekend. 

4.30pm update: Tropical cyclone warning from PAGASA

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has released their latest warning.

An alert from the meteorological agency has said Mangkhut is to make landfall in Cagayan province northeast of Luzon Island, tomorrow from 1am to 3am. 

One of the chief warnings among the recent announcement is of towering storm surges, with some topping 6 metres (19 feet). 

PAGASA has raised the typhoon warning signal to four, for the following areas: Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and the Babuyan Group of Islands.

This means the typhoon is expected to land within the next 12 hours. 

3.45pm update: Typhoon Mangkhut recap

Mangkhut is currently whipping up dangerous seas 341 miles northeast of Manila, Philippines, and is approaching quickly. 

The storm remans a major force, and is swirling with winds of 166mph as it steams towards the Philippine capital. 

When Mangkhut makes landall at Luzon, it will still be a powerful super typhoon, set to endanger millions. 

However, forecasts from the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) state that significant weakening will result from contact with the mountainous regions of Luzon. 

Typhoon Mangkhut latest update- Where is Mangkhut right now?

Typhoon Mangkhut latest update- Where is Mangkhut right now? (Image: JTWC)

11.51am update: Humanity & Inclusion’s teams prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut

HI’s teams have worked in the country for more than 30 years and are preparing to respond to the needs of affected people in the event of an emergency.

Reiza Dejito, director of HI in the Philippines, said: “Although natural disasters are a regular occurrence in the Philippines, Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda is still fresh in people’s minds, and they’re afraid of this new super typhoon.

“They’re preparing for it, including by stockpiling food, and fear another disaster.

“Following a typhoon, there is always a risk of floods and landslides. They can kill and injure lots of people, and cut them off from the rest of the world.

“Our emergency coordinator assesses the situation every six hours and informs teams.

“In the event of a disaster or serious damage, HI could make assessments to identify the worst-hit areas and assist affected populations by distributing kits of essential items, such as blankets, plastic sheets and cooking utensils, and provide the injured with rehabilitation care, psychological support, and other forms of assistance”

11.12am update: Typhoon Mangkhut rips apart buildings

Shocking video footage show as structures in the US territory of Guam strain against the incredible strength of the winds.

In one video, a roof is ripped from a structure and flung into the sky before smashing into a nearby building.

To read more or to watch the footage, click .

8.30am update: Five million people are expected to be affected by Typhoon Mangkhut

Experts have categorised as a super typhoon with powerful winds and gusts equivalent to a category five Atlantic hurricane.

By Friday morning, 10,000 people across three regions had been evacuated.

06.58am: Forecaster says it is likely Mangkhut’s landfall will be Category 5 

Metereologist Ryan Maue said the super Typhoon Mangkhut is up to 155-knots, which is a category five system.

He said:”It is forecast to landfall along mountainous terrain of northeast Luzon, Philippines.

“The landfall intensity is likely to be Category 5 as well.”

05.19am: Guam announces emergency funds

The legislator in Quam has agreed to an emergency bill which will allow the state to put aside $2million to help the recovery of the island in the aftermath of the destruction set to be caused by Mangkhut.

Typhoon Mangkhut radar

Typhoon Mangkhut map: The typhoon will make landfall in the Philippines (Image: WINDY)

04.22am: Cagayan most at risk due to materials used for housing

Those who live in Cagayan, nearby Isabela province are most at risk from the storm, with 4.2million people located in the area.

A total of 48,000 houses in the area are made from light materials that would be battered by Mangkhut’s strong winds.

03.15am: Evacuations underway

Mass evacuations in the Philippines have started, as the country continues its preparations for Mangkhut.

More than four million people are at risk from the freak weather.

Thousands of people are being assisted in leaving their homes before the storm hits.

01.30am: The largest typhoon of the year

The Philippines are well used to being hit by typhoons, with an average of 20 occurring every year.

However, Mangkhut is expected to be the strongest so far in 2018, with wind speeds of up to 209 km per hour.

12.12am: Charities braced for “devastating impact”

Charities including Oxfam are braced for Typhoon Mangkhut’s impact in the Philippines and are ready to assist those affected by the expected devastating impact.

The UN estimates 1.9million people are predicted to live in the path of the dangerous storm.

Oxfam’s Philippines Country Director, Maria Rosario Felizco, said: “If Super Typhoon Mangkhut maintains its current intensity and hits the northern Philippines, the consequences could be devastating.”

Thursday September 13

10.15pm update: List of cancelled flights due to typhoon Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut is edging ever closer to Luzon, forcing Philippine Airlines to cancel select flights now numbered at 16.

10.00pm update: September 14 cancellations – listed

1. PR2935 Clark – Virac

2. PR2936 Virac – Clark

3. PR2482 Tagbilaran – Seoul (Incheon)

4. PR2688 Clark – Basco

5. PR2689 Basco – Clark

6. PR2614 Clark – Tuguegarao

7. PR2615 Tuguegarao -Clark

Typhoon Mangkhut radar

Typhoon Mangkhut: Radar images shows the extent of the monster storm (Image: NASA)

September 15 cancellations

1. PR2196 Manila – Laoag

2. PR2197 Laoag – Manila

3. PR2198 Manila – Laoag

4. PR2199 Laoag – Manila

5. PR2688 Clark – Basco

6. PR2689 Basco -Clark

7. PR2614 Clark – Tuguegarao

8. PR2615 Tuguegarao – Clark

9. PR2483 Seoul (Incheon) – Tagbilaran

Passengers will be reallocated flights according to Philippine Airlines, which can be found here

9.20pm update: Typhoon is 431 miles East of Infanta, Quezon

Currently, typhoon Mangkhut is 695 km (431 miles) east of Infanta in Quezon Province. 

The area of Infanta has a relativley low population of 69,079 people according to a 2015 census. 

Despite this, Infanta is a relatively small island with just 130 km total of land. 

Should the storm hit soon, the area will be pelted by one of the strongest typhoons in recent memory. 

Infanta, Quezon province is the next area to receive landfall from Mangkhut

Infanta, Quezon province is the next area to receive landfall from Mangkhut (Image: GETTY)

8.15pm update: Luzon under heavy protection as troops barred from leave

Both the military and police forces in Luzon have been barred from leave as the typhoon bears down.

They are to be kept behind so emergency response times are kept low and losses are kept to a minimum.

This is particularly important for Luzon, which is considered the Philippines ‘breadbasket’ due to the thriving agricultural sector in the area.

Head of the Philippine Red Cross Richard Gordon warned of “ruinous rain to central Luzon, home to the country’s agricultural land.”

7.15pm recap: Where is typhoon Mangkhut now

The last update from the Joint Typhoon Warning Centre put Mangkhut 535 miles east of Manila. 

The storm will hit the Philippines with considerable force, knocking back the country with heavy winds, right now on 158mph. 

However, the storm is forecast to weaken significantly as it tears through Luzon, where the mountainous region will cut down stronger winds. 

When Mangkhut enters the South China Sea, it will still be a major storm however, producing winds of 100mph. 

6.30pm update: Philipine evacuations underway

Thousands of people in the path of typhoon Mangkhut are now fleeing the area as the storm draws close. 

With winds still peaking at 158mph, Mangkhut remains a serious risk to the Philippines, which could see devastating knock-on effects from the storm. 

Schools are now being boarded up, and farmers have taken to their fields to ensure the harvest is not ruined. 

Already intense monsoon rains will ensure Mangkhut causes maximum damage as it makes landfall on the country of 10 million. 

Typhoon Mangkhut latest update- Typhoon prepares to make Philippine landfall

Typhoon Mangkhut latest update- Typhoon prepares to make Philippine landfall (Image: GETTY)

6pm update: Extreme surges to batter Phillippines

Phillippine authorities say gigantic storm surges are predicted in the wake of the typhoon. 

Apparently, seven metre tall walls of water (23 feet) are to smash the Philippine coastline.

These severe waters could leave many in the area at the mercy of flooding and landslides.

5.45pm update: Mangkhut taking a more westerly path

A meteorologist from the UN-based ESCAP-WMO Typhoon Committee, said Mangkhut is changing direction towards the west.

He said Mangkhut may take “a more westerly path than forecast and it may hit Luzon and weaken.

“While a storm is crossing Luzon, it is possible that it will turn more westerly … some storms will recover from the deflection after entering the South China Sea, but some may not,” he said.

4.30pm update: Mangkhut could create significant economic loss for Hong Kong

Typhoon Mangkhut is likely to see a significant chunk of Hong Kong’s daily GDP vanish. 

As Mangkhut approaches, a number of services are being cut, meaning Hong Kong is set to endure significant losses.

Already, tankers destined for the country are being turned away as fierce winds land nearby. 

In total, Hong Kong could see $627million (£478million) disappear overnight.

Hong Kong typhoon Mangkhut 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut is already redirecting tankers destined for Hong Kong (Image: GETTY)

4.10pm update: Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge under threat from storm

Linking Hong Kong to Zhuhai and Macau, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau mega bridge is set in an area of the country already prone to strong winds. 

Based in the Pearl River Estuary, the bridge has been constructed with a proposed lifespan of 120 years. 

The current base means it has also been built with strong winds in mind, and is supposed to be able to withstand up to 201kph (124mph).

The latest typhoon will test the new bridge – set to open this month – to its limits. 

3.30pm update: Storm to approach with power of 10,000 nuclear bombs

Typhoons and hurricanes are known for expendng massive power as they form and dissipate. 

American space agency NASA said: “During its life cycle a hurricane can expend as much energy as 10,000 nuclear bombs”.

The extreme winds generated during a storm can render many areas uninhabitable for weeks following, and take years to bring back to full function.

Storms in the category 4-5 range on the Saffir-Simpson scale are known as the most dangerous. 

2.53pm update: Latest Accuweather update as Typhoon Mangkhut approaches

Mangkhut will bring flooding rainfall and damaging winds to the Philippines and Taiwan this week as the powerful typhoon could make landfall on the northern tip of Luzon.

Widespread wind damage and flooding is expected along with up to 10 inches of rain, which could lead to life-threatening flooding and mudslides.

“In Taiwan, while there could be locally damaging wind in the south, flooding rainfall will be the main threat across eastern and southern areas,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Tony Zartman said.

“The more populated areas in western and northern Taiwan are not expected to see significant impacts given our current track.”

Typhoon Mangkhut tracker

Typhoon Mangkhut tracker: The storm is equal to a category 5 hurricane (Image: NOAA)

2.45pm update: Thousands expected to be affected

The Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte and ministers were given a briefing on emergency plans for the storm today.

Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to impact 4.3 million people, more than 800,000 of whom live in poverty.

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System said in total up to 43.3 million people could be affected by the storm in the Philippines and southern China.

2.38pm update: Some fear the storm could prove fatal

The storm is already drawing comparisons with Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated central areas of the archipelago nation in 2013, killing 6,300 people.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year. Forecasters say Mangkhut is the strongest so far in 2018 – 900km in diameter, with sustained winds of 205 km/h.

In Hong Kong preparations are already under way for the storm.





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