Typhoon Mangkhut

September 14, 2018

Super Typhoon Mangkhut is currently forecasted to impact Hong Kong on Sunday, September 16. Projections show the storm passing within 62 miles of the city. Mangkhut has winds of 160 mph, and brings with it the potential for widespread flooding and landslides. Many communities in the Philippines have already been evacuated. The storm has been compared to Typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 7,300 people and displaced more than five million in the Philippines in 2013. 

Although Mangkhut is currently not forecasted to make landfall in Hong Kong, it is important to be prepared for disruptions to essential services, such as electricity, and for the possibility of landslides and flooding, especially in low-lying and coastal areas. There will likely be significant disruption to travel. The Hong Kong Government has a typhoon warning system in place. Travelers in Hong Kong and the surrounding area should monitor local media and updates from the Hong Kong Observatory for more information and advice.

The 2018 typhoon season is forecasted to run through October 2018.


Travel Advice for Typhoons, Hurricanes, and Tropical Storms:

  • The intensity and trajectory of storms can change quickly. Monitor the resources listed above and local media to get the most up-to-date information. 
  • Register with the US State Department’s Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive updates and advice. If you are not a US citizen, register with your country’s equivalent of the State Department. 
  • Inform your family and friends of your whereabouts, and keep in close contact with program staff and with your UT program coordinator.
  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where to stay. 
  • Avoid coastal areas and other low-lying areas that are prone to flooding. 
  • If you are in an area that is forecasted to be heavily impacted, gather adequate supplies in case you lose power or water for several days and/or you are not able to leave your residence due to flooding and blocked roads. 
  • Keep an emergency supplies kit:
    • Water
    • Non-perishable food
    • Battery-powered radio
    • Flashlight(s) with extra batteries
    • First aid kit
    • Cell phone charger

If you are abroad and need immediate assistance, call International SOS at 001-215-942-8059 (consult www.howtocallabroad.com if you have difficulties) or text them through their Assistance App. You can also call UTPD at 001-512-471-4441.