Asia is preparing and the Philippines is evacuating ahead of Typhoon Mangkhut, which is the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, prompting alerts, with cancelled flights and port disruption expected across east and southeast Asia.
Stronger than Hurricane Florence which is currently lashing the US East Coast, Mangkhut is expected to make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday, with Hong Kong and China close behind.
As it passes through the Luzon Strait between the Philippines and Taiwan, southern parts of the island are also due to suffer the effects of Mangkhut.
The worst of the storm will be borne by Hong Kong and Macau however, which are currently in the storm’s path.
Last year, 10 people died in Macau as a result of Typhoon Hato, the strongest storm to hit the city in over five decades.
As Mangkhut crosses the South China Sea, widespread wind damage will be likely in southern China and around Hong Kong by late in the weekend, especially in coastal locations.
Multiple Hong Kong airlines have announced they anticipate the need to re-route flights arriving or departing the city during the worst of the storm. We are expecting port disruption and multiple flights to be cancelled and delayed as the storm passes through.
We will share more details as they becom available.
The Hong Kong Observatory, expect Mangkhut to pose a considerable threat to the coast of Guangdong in southern China and would bring gale force winds to Hong Kong.
They expect to lift the T8 warning signal as the storm nears the city, the second highest in severity.
Macau’s Meteorological and Geophysical Bureau warned that Manghkut would “pose a serious threat to the Pearl River Delta,” in which the city is located.