As per the state weather bureau, Mangkhut is likely to threaten Northern Luzon and is expected to cross the Cagayan-Batanes area by Saturday and still remain as a typhoon. He added that although the typhoon could spare the island a direct hit, it would still bring torrential rains to the south and east of the island, where serious flooding occurred earlier this month.
With winds that may gust up to 240km/h, Mangkhut is expected to be more powerful than the Super Typhoon Wanda that resulted in heavy casualties in 1962 and the Super Typhoon Hato, which triggered the highest level typhoon warning signal past year.
The typhoon, named Ompong in the Philippines, will bring heavy rains and storm surges on its trail.
The country's deadliest storm on record is super typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 5,000 people and affected millions in 2013.
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With the predicted path of the typhoon, it could also hit Taiwan and Hong Kong next.
About 80 percent of the USA territory was without power but it was restored by Thursday morning.
Cagayan Gov. Manuel Mamba said by telephone that northern coastal and island villages in the typhoon's projected path will begin evacuating residents on Thursday ahead of the expected onslaught.
Luzon was devastated by Super Typhoon Haima - known as Lawin locally - in 2016, with 14,000 houses destroyed and 50,000 homes damaged, according to CNN Philippines.
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Isaac could be upgraded to a hurricane tonight, but some weakening of the system is expected to take shape by mid-week. Life threatening storm surge and isolated flooding rains in excess of 2 feet by the end of the event are possible.
"I'm stressing that this one is very different, this is more complicated because of possible storm surges", Mamba said, referring to giant waves whipped inland by a typhoon.
Schools and offices are being closed and farmers are racing to save crops.
A missile test aboard a navy ship to be attended by President Rodrigo Duterte off northern Bataan province was canceled due to the approaching typhoon.
While the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned that Hurricane Florence is set to make impact on the coastal areas of North and SC on September 14, Super Typhoon Mangkhut is larger and has an extra day or two before hitting a major body of land, possibly Luzon in the Philippines. The Philippines has been trying to cope with rice shortages.
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Meteorologists expect Hurricane Florence to be a Category 3 or a Category 4 storm when she makes landfall in North Carolina . Storm Surge and hurricane watches are likely be issued for the Carolina coast - including Southeastern N.C. - on Tuesday.
After leaving the Philippines, the fast-moving storm is expected to blow towards southern China on Sunday if it maintains its course, forecasters said. It's the rain that could be the biggest issue with latest updates on what Florence may do after making landfall looking much more concerning for a major flood event in both North and SC.