The Philippines is evacuating thousands of people, deploying soldiers and positioning emergency provisions as Super Typhoon Mangkhut threatens more than four million people in the north of the country. Mangkhut — stronger than Hurricane Florence, which is currently lashing the US East Coast — is expected to make landfall on the Philippines island of Luzon early on Saturday, September 15th. Current wind speeds are up to 285 kilometers per hour (180 mph). Mangkhut presents a more serious threat to life considering it will hit with stronger winds, over a larger area, and have higher storm surge. The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) said it expected a “high humanitarian impact based on the storm strength and the affected population in the past and forecasted path.”
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