Growing in strength, Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to hit Macau this weekend

Typhoon Mangkhut

The tropical cyclone is about to reach the Philippines with winds of 200 kilometers per hour and gusts of 245 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Mangkhut, which is expected to hit Macau this Sunday, is growing even stronger as it approaches the Philippine archipelago.

A video posted on social media this morning (local time) by the Philippine meteorological services (PAGASA) shows that Mangkhut is packing winds of 200 km/hour, with gusts of 220 to 245 km/hour.

Mangkhut is now less than 1000 km away from Luzon, and is slowly moving west at about 20 km/hour. It should pass through the strait between Taiwan and the Philippines before entering the South China Sea.

Owing to favorable conditions over water, it is expected to strengthen enough to become a super typhoon - the highest category on the tropical cyclone scale.