Published: Saturday 15 September, 2018

‘Super Typhoon’ Mangkhut Headed for Hong Kong & Macau After Philippines #Mangkhut

Typhoon Mangkhut Hong Kong

Hong Kong braces for Typhoon Mangkhut. (Masaki Okumura)

Hong Kong is getting ready for Super Typhoon Mangkhut. Known as Typhoon Ompong in the Philippines, Mangkhut will be headed for Hong Kong and Macau next after battering the northern Philippines with strong winds and rain.

According to weather experts in the former British colony, Super Typhoon Mangkhut will pass within 100 kilometers of Hong Kong and it is forecast to be one of the most powerful cyclones to comes as close to the territory. Authorities may have to issue Hong Kong’s highest typhoon warning for Mangkhut – a Signal No. 10!

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Though the typhoon may still change course after making landfall in the Philippines, weather authorities predict it will still pose a great danger to the territory even it does not hit HK directly because of Mangkhut’s wide area of coverage. According to HK rules, a direct hit means coming to within 100 kilometers.

“It has a large circulation with intense winds, so even if it’s not a direct hit, there could still be an impact on Hong Kong,” said Lam Chiu-ying, a former director of the HK Observatory,

“It can constitute a great danger to Hong Kong,” Lam added.

Authorities have warned residents to prepare for the worst as Mangkhut is capable of bringing destruction via torrential rain, floods and landslides.

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The tyuphoon is expected to be closest to the territory on Sunday afternoon.