Super typhoon Mangkhut is approaching the Philippines with estimated 167 miles per hour winds and gusts to 200 miles per hour, threatening a devastating impact to the northern tip of the main island of Luzon when it makes landfall on Saturday.
Some 14 people have been killed in a massive storm which brought destruction to the northern Philippines, a presidential adviser says.
Tolentino says that at least two other people are missing and that the death toll could climb to 16 once other casualty reports are verified.
They were advised not to return home until the lingering danger had passed.
China and the Philippines agreed to postpone a visit by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi that was to start Sunday due to the typhoon's onslaught, which caused almost 150 flights, a third of them global, to be canceled and halted sea travel.
The South China Morning Post on Wednesday reported that the system could turn out to be stronger than any of the 15 typhoons that have been given Hong Kong's highest warning signal and looked set to be one of the strongest to ever hit Southeast Asia.
Raging floods water is seen in Baguio City as Typhoon Mangkhut, known locally as Ompong, hit the Philippines, in this still image obtained from a September 15, 2018 social media video.
Farmers have scrambling to save their crops from Mangkhut - which struck at the beginning of harvesting season - while those in the typhoon's path who can not evacuate have been stocking up on supplies.
The national meteorological centre said southern China "will face a severe test caused by wind and rain" and urged officials to prepare for possible disasters.
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Before the storm made landfall, Civil Defense used that knowledge to pre-position hundreds of thousands of food packs.
About a quarter of the estimated 4.2 million people affected by the storm live in poverty and the United Nations estimated about 1.4 million farmers and 100,000 fishermen were hit by the typhoon.
In the Manila suburban city of Pasig, the body of a teenage girl was recovered from under a bridge in the swollen Marikina River, police said.
Gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains are expected over Visayas, while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA.
Strong wind caused by Typhoon Mangkhut push waves up onto the waterfront of Victoria Habour Hong Kong.
Jetstar Pacific also cancelled two Hanoi-Hong Kong roundtrip flights on Sunday.
Mangkhut's north-westerly track will bring heavy rain and winds to the autonomous region of Guangxi early on Monday, before it weakens into a tropical depression to reach south-western Yunnan the next day.
Worryingly, the strength of the storm resembles that of Typhoon Haiyan, a natural disaster in 2013 that left 7,300 people dead and more than five million displaced in the central Philippines.
"This was the strongest and the worst storm that I've ever experienced in my life", Teresita Antonio, 54, told The New York Times in Claveria, a corn- and rice-growing area on Luzon's northern coast.
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