WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- There are several storms brewing all over the world, wreaking havoc on their paths.
- According to meteorologists, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most intense tropical cyclone out there with winds of at least 157 mph, even stronger than Hurricane Florence.
- Hundreds of thousands flee their homes in the Philippines as the monster typhoon is set to hit the country early Saturday morning.
Typhoons are having their presence felt all around the globe, but Super Typhoon Mangkhut is the most powerful of them all. As Hurricane Florence makes it way to the US east coast, Mangkhut left Guam with flooding and power outages.
It’s now heading to Luzon in the Philippines, then Hongkong, and Macau in China. According to the Global Disaster and Alert Coordination System, the massive typhoon could affect an estimate of 43.3 million people.
The Super Typhoon Mangkhut, known as Ompong in the Philippines, is equivalent to a category 5 Atlantic hurricane with winds of at least 252 kilometers per hour (157 mph). It is expected to become a relatively weaker category 4 as it approaches Hong Kong and Macau. Hurricane Florence, in comparison, had 125mph winds at maximum, dipping to a category 3.
Mangkhut will decimate precious farmlands when it passes Luzon, not to mention the risk of floods, landslides, and huge waves. The Philippine agriculture secretary, Emmanuel Pinol, stated that 13.5 billion pesos ($25 million) worth of damage to crops could be caused by the storm, Bloomberg reported.
The Philippine weather bureau put Cagayan, the country’s breadbasket, on red alert as harvests are nearing. The farmers are scrambling to save their crops. Mangkhut’s arrival is a very untimely disaster as the country is experiencing rice shortages and price hikes.
The Philippines is hit by about 20 cyclones each year. The most recent super typhoon that struck the country was Haiyan with packed winds as fast as 315kph. The killer typhoon left more than 6,300 people dead.
Hong Kong prepares for the worst as the powerful storm approaches their city.
“It can constitute a great danger to Hong Kong”, is what Queenie Lam Ching-chi, a scientist at the Hong Kong Observatory, told the South China Morning Post.
The continuous appearance of strong, growing storms is very unsettling. If this does not stop, then the rare weather phenomenon of five simultaneous cyclones around the globe may occur.
Climate change is not the cause for these concurrent hurricanes, but it does affect their intensity due to the warming of the ocean waters. This can only mean that typhoons will grow as strong as Mangkhut and Florence.