Super Typhoon Mangkhut hits the Philippines

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The world's most powerful storm of the year ripped into Cagayan province in the northern Philippines with winds of up to 269 kilometers (167 miles) per hour. In the Philippines, economic losses could reach 6.6 per cent of gross domestic product, or more than $20 billion, he said.

The extent of the damage inflicted by Typhoon Mangkut on the northern Philippines was hard to assess Sunday as fierce winds were replaced by flood waters, blocking access and aid to affected areas. Communication is cut from many areas and high winds are preventing responders, meaning it's too early for a full assessment of damage.

The agency said the emergency hotline 2835-1473 will be operational upon the issuance of Typhoon Signal No. 1. There have been no reports of casualties so far, said Harry Roque, President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman.

Mangkhut was packing sustained winds of 170kph and gusts of up to 260kph as it left the Philippines.

And local news media reported that landslides also killed two rescue workers.

Almost 37 million people are estimated to be in the storm's path, according to the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System.

"Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate action against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and to continue monitoring for updates", PAGASA advised. The Philippine Consulate Generage in Honolulu says it is ready help Hawaii residents get in contact with relatives affected by the typhoon. Six transmission lines in Luzon were toppled by the storm.

Nearly all flights in and out of Hong Kong have been cancelled.

Tens of thousands of travelers had plans disrupted after Hong Kong's global airport, a major regional hub, canceled most flights. Cathay Dragon also won't be flying.

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More than 500 flights have been canceled affecting some 96,000 passengers, according to the South China Morning Post. Philippines Airlines Inc. scrapped 41 Saturday flights, including those to Hangzhou and Tokyo, it said on Facebook.

In preparation for Mangkhut reaching China, flights have been cancelled and residents are being warned to prepare for severe weather conditions.

The storm, which packs a 900km rain band and strong winds, is heading towards southern China.

As shown from the Himawari 8 satellite, Typhoon Mangkhut heads towards Hong Kong.

A "super typhoon" has hit the coast of the Philippines, putting more than 5 million lives at risk.

A Philippine official has confirmed that Mangkhut has left at least 14 people dead.

Like Robil, MU student Jay Encina is also from the Philippines and has experienced typhoons firsthand. The region has a history of violent and deadly typhoons, such as Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, which killed about 7,000 people.

In the US, Hurricane Florence arrived in North Carolina on Thursday, bringing massive floods and hurricane-force winds with maximum sustained wind speeds of 90 miles per hour in what the US National Hurricane Center has warned could be a "catastrophic" situation.

After passing the Philippines the island of Taiwan could receive strong storm force winds and heavy rains, following which it will be Hong Kong and mainland China that is on watch for future impacts.

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