Typhoon Mangkhut has now intensified even further and become a Cat 4 Typhoon. As the system continues to get close to the PAR i.e. the Philippine area of responsibility, it is likely to intensify even further into a Cat 5 Typhoon. Moreover, Mangkhut will be the first storm to become a Typhoon of Category 5.
Currently, Typhoon Mangkhut now has a wind speed of 170 kmph gusting up to 210 kmph near the eye of the storm as compared to the previous 160 kmph gusting to 195 kmph. The speed of Mangkhut is quite low at 25 kmph.
Once the Typhoon enters the vicinity of Philippines on Wednesday afternoon, “Mangkhut” will be named as “Ompong” locally. The storm is expected to see some weakening as it enters Philippines but rainfall will be very heavy over these areas. The storm was last situated 1,845 kilometers east of Southern Luzon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is likely to put Tropical cyclone warning signal number one into effect at Cagayan Valley Region on Thursday evening. On Friday, the weather system is expected to bring hefty rainfall activities over Luzon, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and the Batanes.
As per the state weather bureau, Mangkhut is likely to threaten Northern Luzon and is expected to cross the Cagayan-Batanes area by Saturday and still remain as a typhoon.
Typhoon Mangkhut has already hit Guam resulting in flooding of streets, uprooting of trees as well as widespread power outages.
After Philippines, Mangkhut will also affect the Chinese coast in the South China Sea giving heavy rains over these areas as well.
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