165 mph Mangkhut slams Philippines (strongest since Haiyan) Followed by Hong Kong’s worst hit since 1983

Written by on September 19, 2018 in Asia, Rest of World, Tropical with 0 Comments

Super Typhoon Mangkhut was the West Pacific’s 31st depression, 22nd storm and 9th typhoon of 2018 and was the globe’s strongest tropical cyclone of the year packing sustained winds of 180 mph at it’s peak.

The highest storm warning (signal 4) was raised for the northern provinces of Luzon in anticipation of the Cat 5 strength storm.

It struck the northern Philippines as a Category 5 equivalent with sustained winds of 165 mph at landfall last Saturday in Cagayan province in the northern tip of Luzon.

Credit: weather.com

This was Luzon’s strongest since Megi of 2010 (185 mph sustained, 885mb) and strongest to hit the country since Haiyan of 2013 (195 mph sustained, 895mb).

Credit: @cctoRichardDean

After leaving a path of destruction behind in Luzon and weakening, Typhoon Mangkhut re-organised over the warm waters of the South China Sea before making a second landfall in Jiangmen on south China’s Taishan coast to the south of Hong Kong as a 105 mph Category 2 equivalent storm.

Hong Kong has been lucky in recent years, dodging several big typhoons but Mangkhut changed that.

Mangkhut turned out to be a very destructive storm for Hong Kong due to it’s size, Cat 2 strength and location of landfall just to the south which drove Mangkhut’s strongest winds straight into Hong Kong’s skyline packed with tall buildings. 90 mph winds out the open Victoria harbour soon becomes 120+ mph between buildings and 150+ mph above the 80th floors.

The city has had several T10’s or Hurricane signal 10’s which is the city’s highest level of typhoon warning but only 3 issuance’s of this warning since 1999.  Typhoon Mangkhut is said to have been the worst hit on Hong Kong since Ellen in 1983.

Elsewhere, most cities in Guangdong province was under a red alert while in Shenzhen province north of Hong Kong, a red alert was in force for flooding rains.

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