MANILA - The Philippine National Police will go on full alert Thursday morning to prepare for the possible effects of Typhoon Mangkhut.
Mangkhut, which may strengthen into a supertyphoon, is expected to lash large swaths of the country with intense rains and fierce winds later this week, state weather bureau PAGASA earlier said.
"Effective 6 a.m. tomorrow, September 13, I am placing all Luzon-based PNP units on full alert condition to ensure availability of resources and personnel for possible disaster response operations," police chief Director General Oscar Albayalde said Wednesday in a press conference.
Albayalde said he has also tasked the PNP's maritime, mobile and special action forces to augment rescue operations because some policemen are also residents of areas in the typhoon's path.
The PNP chief said he has ordered the pre-positioning of police personnel and equipment in high risk areas like coastlines and riverbanks.
Police will also conduct aerial surveys after Mangkhut's onslaught, if necessary, said Albayalde.
Mangkhut, spanning a diameter of 900 km, is expected to reach peak intensity of around 220 kph max sustained winds and gusts of up to 270 kph, said PAGASA.
Senior weather specialist Chris Perez warned of "very strong winds" and 6-meter high storm surges in coastal areas in the path of the typhoon, particularly in Cagayan and Isabela, by Friday and Saturday.
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-- With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News