Super typhoon Hagupit, a category-5 storm expected to make landfall tomorrow in the Philippines, may move on to Vietnam, the country’s forecasting center said.
The National Center of Hydrometereology Forecasting said the typhoon, possibly the world’s most powerful this year, is “very complicated.”
There’s a chance that it will enter the East Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) and carry winds of 90 to 150 kilometers per hour, according to the center.
It may pass through Metro Manila on Dec. 9, based on a forecast by the U.S.
Hagupit, which means “whip” in Filipino, has been forecast by international news as a “catastrophic” tropical cyclone after reaching Super Typhoon status with sustained winds near 240 kilometers per hour.
As of 11 a.m. it was 435 kilometers (270 miles) east of Eastern Samar province in central Philippines, maintaining strength as it moves toward land, with maximum winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gusts reaching 250 kilometers per hour, a Bloomberg report quoted the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration as saying.
The Philippines evacuated thousands of people to safer ground and stockpiled food, and flights were canceled.
Areas yet to recover from last year's category 5 super typhoon Haiyan could be in the firing line again, the local weather bureau said.
Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, left more than 7,000 dead or missing and more than 4 million homeless or with damaged houses when it tore through the central Philippines in November 2013, according to Reuters.
Typhoon Haiyan also left 14 people dead in northern and central Vietnam.