MANILA - (UPDATED) Rains have swamped parts of Metro Manila Wednesday morning as potential supertyphoon Mangkhut plodded closer to the country.
Mangkut is set to enter the Philippine area before Wednesday noon. It will hit northern Luzon later this week, with the typhoon's outer rains bands extending up to Metro Manila, state weather bureau PAGASA earlier said.
Thigh-high floods were reported in Dr. Muñoz Avenue in Quezon City around 10 a.m., slowing down passing vehicles.
Floods have also hit other major roads in the metropolis, as seen in these photos:
Rescue and recovery teams have been placed on standby across the region, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Special Operations Group head Bong Nebrija told radio DZMM.
The MMDA, he said, has also asked ad firms to roll down billboards and tarps ahead of the typhoon's entry.
Mangkhut was 1,390 kilometers east of Southern Luzon at 3 a.m., packing 200 kph maximum sustained winds and 245 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
The weather agency classifies a tropical cyclone with 220 kph top sustained winds as a super typhoon.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) earlier said Mangkhut has intensified into a supertyphoon under its own classification , based on 1-minute instrumental readings.
PAGASA has lower figures, because it uses 10-minute readings similar to the standard used by the Japan Meteorological Agency.
The bad weather has forced the cancellation of Wednesday's classes in some areas.
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