Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit the Philippines with the equivalent strength of a Category 5 hurricane in the early hours of Saturday, September 15.
It’s since been downgraded to a typhoon but is still whipping up winds of almost 200 kilometers per hour (125 mph).
Here are some statistics that show Mangkhut’s power:
- Mangkhut was the strongest storm anywhere on the planet in 2018, with wind speeds at one stage of 285 kph (180 mph).
- Mangkhut made landfall of 165 mph (270 kph), 75 mph (120 kph) stronger than Hurricane Florence that hit North Carolina on the same day.
- Typhoon-force winds stretched for 270 kilometers (168 miles), the distance between Paris and Brussels.
- It is the strongest storm to make landfall in the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, and the strongest to make landfall on the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon since Super Typhoon Megi in 2010.
- On Luzon, more than 30 million people were expected to face tropical storm-force winds.