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Super Typhoon Mangkhut – where is the storm now and when will it hit the Philippines?

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is on course to hit the Philippines at the weekend and is the equivalent of a category 5 hurricane with wind speeds reaching 160mph

TYPHOON Mangkhut is currently hurtling towards the Philippines with wind speeds of up to 160mph.

Residents have been told to “prepare for the worst”.

 The predicted path of Typhoon Mangkhut
The predicted path of Typhoon Mangkhut

Where is Typhoon Mangkhut now?

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center has categorised the storm as a super typhoon.

The storm, known locally as Ompong, has already struck the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam.

Mangkhut is currently about 160 miles away in the Pacific with sustained winds of 127mph and gusts reaching 158mph.

Forecaster Rene Paciente said: "It can lift cars, you can't stand, you can't even crawl against that wind.”

Philippine forecasters said the shifting typhoon could possibly blow toward Vietnam after it exits late Saturday or early Sunday.

The deadliest storm in the country was Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed over 7,000 people and affected millions in 2013.

When will it hit the Philippines?

Some 5.2 million people in the Philippines are set to be affected by the storm.

It is expected to hit the islands on Saturday close to Isabella province.

The storm is equivalent to a category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 160mph.

The army is on standby.

The typhoon has already created a massive raincloud band which is 560 miles wide.

Torrential rain is expected, which could trigger landslides and widespread flooding.

The government has closed schools and evacuated more than 10,000 people.

Some flights have already been cancelled out of Philippine airports, mainly domestic flights so far.

Mangkhut is predicted to come within 60 miles of Hong Kong, bringing heavy rains to the region.

Around 2,000 people have been evacuated from the fishing village of Tai O.

Flights in and out of Hong Kong have not been disrupted so far.

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