Philippines: Super Typhoon Mangkhut
Countries across east and southeast Asia are issuing emergency alerts and ordering evacuations as two typhoons barrel down on the region.
Around 12,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying parts of China's Guangdong province and shipping halted ahead of the arrival of Typhoon Barijat Thursday, according to state media.
But the real concern is Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is still gathering strength as it nears the northern Philippines.
The storm is expected to make landfall on Luzon island Saturday. Current wind speeds are up to 285 kilometers per hour (180 mph), equivalent to a Category 5 Hurricane and stronger than Hurricane Florence which is currently lashing the US East Coast.
"All things being equal, Mangkhut is a bigger, stronger and more dangerous storm" than Florence, said CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller. "Any land hit directly would see more significant and destructive impacts from the Super Typhoon due to its size and intensity."
However, he added that the extent of the destruction caused by a hurricane or typhoon depends on what it hits, and the US east coast is "much more populated with significantly more infrastructure to damage."
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