Typhoon Mangkhut: Millions at risk as cyclone hurtles towards Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut to intensify into deadly Cat 5 storm, mammoth rains likely

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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.

The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday and is expected to make a landfall at the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday morning.

Mangkut has already caused widespread devastation when it torn through the Marshall Islands and Guam - American territories in the Pacific.

Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.

Almost 43 million people in the south-east Asian region could be affected, according to United Nations' Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

Classes have also been cancelled in some areas of Luzon in the path of the typhoon.

The Pacific Daily News reported government agencies were conducting damage assessments and beginning to clear roads.

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The Social Welfare Bureau president, Vong Yim Mui, speaking on the sidelines on the opening ceremony of the "Hato Education Sponsorship Fund", said that Macau is prepared for the upcoming typhoon and that all 16 shelters running under the Bureau's supervision "are already prepared and ready to enter into operation as soon as the government decides".

Governor Manuel Mamba of the Philippines island of Cagayan said officials would start evacuating islanders on Thursday.

About 80 percent of the US territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.

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

The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.

While the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Hurricane Florence is set to make impact on the coastal areas of North and SC on September 14, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is larger and has an extra day or two before hitting a major body of land, possibly Luzon in the Philippines.

Wu Te-jung, professor of meteorology at Central University in Hsinchu, said Mangkhut was expected to strengthen on Friday, but the threat to Taiwan had been reduced by its change of direction towards the Bashi Channel, which connects the northern Philippines to Taiwan.

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