Philippines and Taiwan brace for Super Typhoon Chanthu
A super typhoon that rapidly formed in just 48 hours is threatening both the Philippines and Taiwan with destructive winds and torrential rains over the coming days.
Chanthu was about 580 kilometres (360 miles) southeast of Taiwan’s southernmost tip on Friday morning, packing gusts of up to 234 kilometres (145 miles) an hour, according to Taiwan’s central weather bureau.
The Cagayan governor has ordered government and private sector workers, except those in frontline services, to stay home and “fortify” their houses.
A super typhoon is also known as a category five hurricane in the US. The Earth tends to experience around five storms of that power a year.