This year's storm season is shaping up to be an incredibly scary one all around the globe. A typhoon twice the size of Florence is currently headed for the Philippines. The gargantuan 560-mile wide storm is set to hit the country tomorrow and it’s putting four million lives in danger, according to the nation's ministers.
Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes Hurricane Florence look small. In comparison, Florence has winds of 90 mph while Mangkhut has winds of 130 mph. Florence has a storm surge of 10 ft, while Mangkhut has a storm surge of 23 ft. Florence is a Category 2, Mangkhut is a Category 5.
Mangkhut is undoubtedly the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year. The small country has already had a whopping 15 of them. Filipinos are quickly being evacuated from the vulnerable coastal region as the super typhoon closes in. It's expected to hit Saturday morning.
Villagers closest to the coast are scrambling to secure their homes as best they can. The 48,000 houses facing the most risk are all made of light materials. Residents are using whatever materials they have such as rope and heavy objects like wooden slats and tires.
'Super typhoon' Mangkhut set to hammer the Philippines https://t.co/DR9YzKn7kY— Sky News (@SkyNews) September 14, 2018
If the devastating winds expected from Mangkhut weren’t bad enough, heavy rainfall is also expected to cause landslides and severe flooding.
Sadly, the Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. Some residents live in perpetual poverty because of constant storm damage to their homes and community.
Super Typhoon #Mangkhut continues to take aim on the northern #Philippines. The winds are astounding: sustained at 145 KT (167 MPH) with gusts to 175 KTS (201 MPH)! View updates from the JTWC at https://t.co/X4CqCk3r6u. (JMA Himawari imagery) pic.twitter.com/XjjbLUYm5S— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) September 13, 2018
2013 is the year Super Typhoon Haiyan hit the region leaving more than 7,350 people dead or missing. Haiyan’s winds were measured to be as strong as 195 mph. While Mangkhut isn’t expected to be quite as strong, widespread devastation is still imminent.
Source: Daily Mail