manila - While hurricane Florence is operating along the American East Coast, an even heavier tropical storm is currently flying over the Philippines. Typhoon Mangkhut is especially a threat to Luzon, the northernmost island in the Philippines where the capital Manila is located.
Mangkhut is now called a supertyphoon, because he is of the first, heaviest category. The storm is almost twice as big as Florence. The typhoon reaches wind speeds of over 200 kilometers per hour, with outliers to over 250 kilometers per hour.
Millions of Filipinos live in the path of the storm. The government in Manila has told them to stay at home and to prepare for heavy rain and damage due to the wind. Several thousand people have been evacuated.
The damage that Mangkhut causes will not only be in the short term. The typhoon travels over an area where grain and rice is grown, and the fear is that harvesting will partly or completely fail as a result.