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Super Typhoon Mangkhut makes a devastating hit on northern Luzon, continues into the South China Sea

CAT5 Super Typhoon made landfall over northern Luzon late yesterday, September 14. The typhoon passed over the northern part of the island, loosing some of its strength. It has now entered the South China Sea and is again rapidly gaining strength and organization.

Latest Himawari-8 imagery of Typhoon Manghkut near local sunset (8:50 UTC). Image brightened to show structure better. Image: Himawari-8 / NOAA RAMMB CIRA.

Lanfall was around 17:20 UTC near Kinayabutan Beach, northern Luzon.The system rapdily lost strength as it passed across land, dropping to max sustained winds of 130 mph (209 km/h). While that is a significant drop in strength, it is still a Category 4 typhoon, a very powerful and dangerous system.

Reports of major damage are coming in, mostly from the more populated southern parts of Luzon, a considerabe way from the path of the eye of Mangkhut. The northern part likely suffered much more damage, as winds gusting likely at 300 km/h or above hit the coastal area.