Strongest typhoon this year closes in on north Philippines

Strongest typhoon this year closes in on north Philippines

Meanwhile, the USA east coast braces as Hurricane Florence barrels towards the Carolinas, expected to make landfall late September 14 or early September 15.

Millions of people are at risk from a strong typhoon set to smash into the northern Philippines this weekend - and potentially the southeast coast of China - which could bring floods, landslides and huge waves to the disaster-prone nation, rescue workers said Wednesday.

Typhoon Mangkhut, which has already blasted through the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam, is speeding across the Pacific with winds that can gust as high as 255 kilometres (160 miles) per hour.

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.

It is due to hit Hong Kong - a densely packed skyscraper city with more than seven million residents.

Luzon was devastated by Super Typhoon Haima - known as Lawin locally - in 2016, with 14,000 houses destroyed and 50,000 homes damaged, according to CNN Philippines.

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It's forecast to make a landfall in the main Luzon island, Cagayan, on Saturday and lose some more power before heading to Hong Kong and Southern China.

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.

The Philippines is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms a year. The storm was last situated 1,845 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.

Before Mangkhut arrives, both Hong Kong and Macau will have to deal with the smaller Typhoon Barijat. Typhoon Haiyan left more than 7,300 people dead or missing and displaced over 5 million in the central Philippines in 2013.

The storm, named after a fruit in Thailand, is forecast by the U.S. military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center to bring top winds of 145 knots (268 kilometers per hour) with maximum gusts of 175 knots. Wu said that the intensity level of Mangkhut is stronger than that of Florence.

According to several weather observatories reports, including the Macau Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau (SMG) and the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO), the storm has a large circulation with intense winds and will pose a considerable threat to the coast of Guangdong.

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