Typhoon Mangkhut Has Made Landfall in China Southwest of Hong Kong, After Category 5 Strike on Northern Philippines

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Published: September 16, 2018

Typhoon Mangkhut has made its final landfall in southeastern China just south of Hong Kong Sunday after striking the northern Philippines as a Category 5.

Landfall was reported by China Meteorological Administration around 5:00 p.m. Sunday, local time, on the coast of Jiangmen, Guangdong, just southwest of Hong Kong, with maximum sustained winds equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane.

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Current Storm Status

Typhoon Mangkhut will continue tracking into southern China Sunday night.

Already, winds have gusted as high as 92 mph in Tate's Cairn in Hong Kong and a gust just over 100 mph was recorded in Cheung Chau, near Hong Kong. 

Damaging winds and heavy rain are spreading into southern China and China Meteorological Administration issued a red warning in portions of southern China due to the conditions expected from Mangkhut.

Projected Path and Intensity

Mangkhut will continue to bring wind gusts over 75 mph to Hong Kong as it passes by into Sunday night. Conditions in Hong Kong will begin to improve late Monday into Tuesday, local time.

Up to a foot of rain – locally higher in some spots – is possible in southern China from Mangkhut. That heavy rain will likely contribute to flooding.

Forecast Rainfall

Interaction with land will result in rapid weakening into Monday.

Heavy rain and flooding may also spread into northern Vietnam.

(CAT. 6 BLOG: Mangkhut May be a Top-Ten Costliest Typhoon for China)

Philippines Impact

Heavy rain soaked the northern Philippines into Sunday as Mangkhut headed westward away from the country. Mangkhut is known as Ompong in the Philippines.

Flooding and mudslides were reported on Luzon. At least 28 people have been killed by Mangkhut in the Philippines.

Baguio in western Luzon had picked up more than 30 inches of rain through midday Sunday local time.

For full details on impacts from Mangkhut in the Philippines, click here.

Guam Impact

The center of Typhoon Mangkhut moved over Rota in the Mariana Islands on Monday with 105-mph winds.

Wind gusts in excess of 80 mph were reported in Guam. To the north in Saipan, wind gusts topped 60 mph.

Some roads were blocked by downed trees, and officials urged residents to stay home, according to the Pacific Daily News. Conditions were expected to improve by Tuesday, and forecasters were confident the storm didn't deal a worst-case blow to the island.

"We dodged a big one," National Weather Service meteorologist Landon Aydlett told the Guam Daily Post.

Check back with weather.com for updates.

Mangkhut's Peak Strength

Maximum sustained winds in Mangkhut increased to 180 mph on Thursday morning local time.

That made it the strongest tropical cyclone so far in 2018 anywhere in the world, edging out Super Typhoon Jebi, which had maximum winds of 175 mph at the end of August. 

MORE: Inside Super Typhoon Mangkhut

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