Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Mangkhut is upgraded into a super typhoon, according to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on Tuesday.
Mangkhut further intensifies as it moves westward and continues to threaten Northern Luzon. It currently packs maximum sustained winds 250 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts reaching up to 306 kph, according to the Hawaii-based weather bureau.
As per PAGASA’s tropical cyclone intensity scale, a super typhoon reaches over 220 kph maximum sustained winds. The state weather bureau, however, still classifies Mangkhut as typhoon. Nonetheless, all government agencies involved in disaster risk reduction are put on ‘red alert’ for the anticipated onslaught of the typhoon.
According to its latest weather advisory, PAGASA said the storm is only packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph with gustiness of up to 225 kph.