Updated: 9/17/2018 9:09:48 AM
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), Mangkhut left a total of 591 769 people affected from the Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), and Metro Manila.
The NDRRMC said a total of 229 areas were flooded in the Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon as of Sunday. Of this, floods in 35 areas already subsided.
The official death toll has reached 65 early Monday, September 17. However, emergency workers in CAR later recovered 43 bodies of illegal gold miners who were taking shelter in a bunkhouse when they were hit by a massive landslide. This rose the death toll to 108 and the number is still expected to rise as some estimates suggest there were more than 70 miners in the area. Some estimated there were more than 100 miners at the site.
The government declared seven provinces and cities under a state of calamity.
Mangkhut has since moved on to southern China where officials evacuated more than 2.4 million people from Guangdong province. The typhoon caused extensive damage and major flooding, leaving at least 4 people dead and more than 100 injured.
Updated: 9/17/2018 1:43:26 AM
Two people have been killed in the Chinese province of Guangdong, according to state media - more than 2.5 million people have been evacuated in Guangdong and on Hainan island.
In Hong Kong, the storm wrecked buildings and shut down the city.
The typhoon is now moving inland, and is expected to hit the Chinese regions of Guizhou, Chongqing and Yunnan later in the day.
Updated: 9/16/2018 9:26:36 AM
Mangkhut marching toward the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong was also buffeted by fierce winds that tore off roofs, downed trees and caused cranes perched atop half-built skyscrapers to swing ominously.
Hong Kong's weather observatory issued its highest storm warning alert - a signal T10.
The storm made landfall over China's Guangdong Province, one of China's most populous provinces, at 5 p.m. local time, killing two people, according to state media CCTV. More than 100,000 people have reportedly been evacuated from the area and 3,777 shelters set up.
Updated: 9/16/2018 9:10:40 AM
Rescue efforts ramped up in the Philippines Sunday to aid a quarter of a million people caught in the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, as authorities said dozens had been killed in the strongest storm of the year.
Government officials reported Sunday that 54 people had died, with 42 still missing. Efforts to locate those still missing will resume on Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman Harry Roque said most of the deaths were due to landslides, mainly in the Cordillera Administrative Region.
More than 250,000 people were affected by the storm across the country, with around half of those seeking shelter in evacuation centers in the country's north.
Updated: 9/16/2018 3:35:35 AM
Mangkhut now hurtling towards China’s heavily populated southern coast with winds of 177km/h. In Hong Kong, where the huge storm skirted just 100km south of the city, more than 100 people were injured. Officials had earlier raised the storm alert to a T10, its highest level. Businesses have been boarded up and most flights cancelled.
Residents have been advised to stay indoors and away from windows or doors, and some have been evacuated from low-lying areas. High winds smashed windows, torn off parts of buildings and roofs, while storm surges have flooded hotels and restaurants.
Updated: 9/16/2018 3:29:51 AM
Typhoon Mangkhut killed dozens in the Philippines as it obliterated homes and crops and caused massive flooding, and is now on course to plough into China’s southern coast.
Presidential adviser Francis Tolentino said the heaviest casualty was recorded in the mountainous Cordillera region in northern Luzon, where heavy rains caused landslides that left 24 people dead and 13 more missing. Four others – including two children – were buried in a landslide in Nueva Ecija, another in Kalinga, and one person was killed by a falling tree in Ilocos Sur, Tolentino said.
The storm, which was the strongest the region has seen this year, was not as ferocious as feared, though due to the remote areas where the typhoon hit, the full death toll and extent of the destruction is still unknown.
Updated: 9/15/2018 7:28:46 AM
Mangkhut was the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, carrying gusts of up to 325 kilometers per hour before it made landfall in Cagayan province, on the northern tip of Luzon, about 1:40 a.m. local time.
When it crossed land, Mangkhut was packing winds of up to 270 kph, 120 kph stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina on the same day.
After the center of the storm passed the Philippines, Mangkhut's winds slowed enough for the typhoon to lose its "super" status, but it remains a very powerful storm system with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph, equivalent to a category 4 hurricane.
It's now pounding the Philippines with heavy rain, and heading west into the South China Sea toward Hong Kong and southern China.
The Philippines military is sending two C-130 airplanes and 10 helicopters to Cagayan province for typhoon relief and rescue efforts, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday, according to Philippine News Agency (PNA).
They'll fly from metro Manila once the weather improves, Lorenzana said, carrying aid and allowing rescuers to access remote areas of the mountainous north.
Updated: 9/15/2018 2:14:45 AM
At least three people have died after Typhoon Mangkhut unleashed ferocious winds and rain in the Philippines, damaging an airport vital to the transport of humanitarian aid and forcing tens of thousands to flee.
Strong winds continued to batter provinces in northern Luzon on Saturday morning, making it difficult to assess damage and casualties from the typhoon. Power and communication lines are down in several areas.
Disaster authorities have yet to complete damage assessments from Mangkhut, the 15th and most powerful storm to hit the Philippines this year, which had maximum gusts of 305 kph, and was expected to clear land after 10am on its way towards southern China and Vietnam.
Updated: 9/14/2018 3:03:48 AM
The Philippines is evacuating thousands of people, deploying soldiers and positioning emergency provisions as Super Typhoon Mangkhut threatens more than four million people in the country's north.
The massive storm, the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane, has prompted alerts across east and southeast Asia as both Mangkhut and a second storm, Typhoon Barijat hit the region.
In the Philippines, the storm has stoked fears that it may wreak as much damage as Typhoon Haiyan, which in 2013 devastated a vast swath of the country, killing more than 6,000 people.
"We are bracing for the worst here," said Lanelyn Carrillo, a spokeswoman for World Vision, a humanitarian organization. "There is a sense of fear that we might be facing a storm as bad as Haiyan or Haima."
Residents have been warned of widespread disruption of electricity and communication services and those in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas have been advised to watch for possible flooding and landslides.
Coastal areas of Cagayan and Isabela may be hit by a sea surge of up to 6 meters, the authority said.
Updated: 9/13/2018 8:19:36 AM
The Philippine Red Cross estimates three million Filipinos live in the direct path of Mangkhut, communications officer Mary Joy Evalarosa told AFP.
Ms Evalarosa said seven million others were at risk in the country, with the typhoon expected to ramp up the intensity of seasonal monsoon rains that have already caused widespread flooding in central Luzon, a mainly farming region north of capital Manila.
The Global Disaster Alert and Co-ordination System said up to 43.3 million people could be affected by the storm in the Philippines and southern China. The Pearl River Delta region, which includes Hong Kong and Macau, is also directly in its path.
The country’s deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.
Updated: 9/13/2018 2:35:12 AM
"Effective 6 am tomorrow, September 13, I am placing all Luzon-based PNP units on full alert status to ensure availability of resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations in areas threatened by the disastrous effects of [Ompong]," Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said.
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde.
Thousands of people have begun evacuating coastal areas of the Philippines as a super typhoon heads towards the country.
Typhoon Mangkhut, packing winds of 255km/h (160mph), is due to make landfall on the northern tip of the main island of Luzon by the weekend.
Ten million people are in the path of the storm, along with millions more in coastal areas of southern China.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut, equivalent to a Category 5 Atlantic hurricane and still gaining strength, was on a collision course for the Philippines first on Wednesday – with Taiwan and Hong Kong next on its forecast track.
Hongkongers began preparing for the worst on Thursday, boarding up windows, building flood defences, and stocking up on essential items as Super Typhoon Mangkhut edged ever closer to the city.
"We're worried for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm, including those who have been displaced several times due to the monsoon rains last July and August," Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippines Red Cross, said in a statement. "We are preparing our emergency assets and relief items. Our staff and volunteers are on high alert for possible deployment."
Updated: 9/12/2018 2:59:13 AM
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is forecast to be stronger than any of the previous storms warranting Hong Kong’s highest warning signal, and is predicted to pass within 100km of the city on Sunday, but the Hong Kong Observatory’s tracking system shows a 70 per cent chance the tropical cyclone will deviate from its predicted path over the next four days.
Updated: 9/11/2018 9:55:45 AM
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) ordered soldiers from its Northern Luzon Command to prepare for Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 12.
In a statement on Tuesday, September 11, the AFP said soldiers from the army, navy, air force, and their reservists, are ready to assist in disaster response efforts and relief operations.
Military resources such as helicopters and navy vessels are also available if needed.
Troops are preparing for the typhoon alongside the Office of Civil Defense and regional officials.
The Philippine Coast Guard also announced it was on alert for the typhoon.
Updated: 9/11/2018 1:58:00 AM
Typhoon Mangkhut intensified further on Tuesday morning, September 11, a day before its expected entry into the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Mangkhut is already 1,845 kilometers east of Southern Luzon, moving west at a slightly slower 25 km/h from the previous 30 km/h.
Since it remains over water, it might still strengthen into a super typhoon, the strongest tropical cyclone category.
Mangkhut could enter PAR on Wednesday afternoon, September 12. If it does, it would be given the local name Ompong.
Updated: 9/10/2018 4:42:07 AM
As Typhoon Mangkhut moved directly over Rota with 105 mph winds Monday evening, the National Weather Service urged residents of Guam and the Marianas to "remain in shelter now and through the night."
"Worst conditions will persist now through 10 p.m. across the region," meteorologist Landon Aydlett stated in news release shortly before 6 p.m. "Conditions will slowly improve regionally from north (Saipan) to south (Guam) late this evening and into the overnight hours. Expect improved conditions by sunrise Tuesday, with tropical storm force conditions coming to an end across the region early Tuesday morning. Seas and surf will remain dangerous through at least late Tuesday morning."
By early afternoon Monday, five shelters of seven northern shelters were completely full, and emergency managers said the island's total shelter capacity was above 50 percent. Almost half of those in shelters were children.
Machananao Elementary School shelter head manager Jonathan Pilarca said families were still coming in and out in the late morning, while conditions were safe.
Published Saturday, September 8, 2018
Tropical storm Mangkhut could turn into the strongest typhoon yet to threaten Taiwan this year, meteorologists warned Saturday.
Mangkhut, the Thai name for the mangosteen fruit, was only declared as the 22nd tropical storm of the season on Friday evening, but already, experts expect it to gain strength and turn into a strong typhoon before it hits the United States territory of Guam next Tuesday.
While present maps still show it far east of Taiwan on September 13, U.S. forecasters estimated it might hit Taiwan around next weekend, September 15 and 16, the Apple Daily reported.
Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau noted that conditions were ripe for Mangkhut to turn into a supertyphoon, but the eventual presence of high pressure areas on its path might still throw it off course.
On Saturday, the eye of the storm was located more than 4,000 kilometers east of Taiwan’s southern tip, and moving west-northwest at a speed of 29 km per hour.
Weather expert Daniel Wu described Mangkhut as potentially the largest and strongest typhoon to threaten Taiwan this year. While it was still a tropical storm this weekend, it would continue to gain strength over the following week right up until it approached Taiwan, the forecaster said.
Typhoon Mangkhut Facts
Affected Area: 350 km.
Alert Level: Red