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As 1.7 million people evacuate for Hurricane Florence, a far stronger ‘super typhoon’ is about to hit the Philippines and China
Super Typhoon Mangkhut is likely to hit Southeast Asia and make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday. It is predicted to be a far bigger and more dangerous storm than Hurricane Florence, which is forecasted to hit the US's East Coast later this week.
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical storms are moving more slowly over the Earth's surface, especially over land. That doesn't mean these storms are any less powerful — instead, it allows them more time to dump rain and whip coasts with powerful winds, making them more destructive.
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Typhoon Meranti's 185 mile-per-hour sustained winds put it on a short list of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded.
Super Typhoon Nepartak, the first typhoon of the season, was deadly and caused significant damage to the region.
Taiwan is bracing for the arrival of Super Typhoon Nepartak, which is expected to hit the island late Thursday afternoon or evening, local time.