Super Typhoon Mangkhut, an even more powerful storm than US -bound Hurricane Florence, is heading for the Philippines, and mainland China.
PAGASA said in its 24-hour forecast the trough of "Neneng" will continue to bring scattered slight to moderate to at times heavy rain over Ilocos provinces, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley.
The Social Welfare Bureau president, Vong Yim Mui, speaking on the sidelines on the opening ceremony of the "Hato Education Sponsorship Fund", said that Macau is prepared for the upcoming typhoon and that all 16 shelters running under the Bureau's supervision "are already prepared and ready to enter into operation as soon as the government decides".
Philippine Red Cross chairman Richard Gordon said: "We're anxious for the 10 million people in the Philippines living in the path of this destructive storm".
The typhoon, expected to be closer to south China by the weekend, will bring heavy rains and storm surges on its trail. Mangkhut has already passed over Guam where power outages and torrential wind and rain impacted the small island.
According to the Philippine Star, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration defines a "super typhoon" as a typhoon with "maximum sustained winds of 220 kilometers per hour". Government agencies were conducting damage assessments and clearing roads, according to the Pacific Daily News. The threat to agriculture comes as the Philippines tries to cope with rice shortages.
Office of Civil Defence chief Ricardo Jalad said other northern provinces would also start evacuating residents from low-lying areas on Thursday.
An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.
Medical and emergency response teams were on stand by, heavy equipment mobilised and more than 1.7 billion pesos ($31.45 million) of relief goods prepared as Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, edged towards the storm-prone nation on its way towards southern China and northern Vietnam.
The storm approaches the Phillipines as hurricane Florence will make landfall on the south-east coast of the U.S. later this week.