Typhoon “Mangkhut” underwent rapid intensification and became the fourth Super Typhoon of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season on September 11, 2018. The system is currently slowing down while maintaining its westerly track across the Western Pacific Ocean and it expected to further intensify over the next two days. The current forecast track takes its center just north of northern Philippines on September 14, south of Taiwan on September 15 and then toward Hong Kong. Landfall is expected just south of the territory around 12:00 UTC on September 16. This is the 22nd named storm of the 2018 Pacific season.
At 15:00 UTC on September 11, the center of Super Typhoon “Mangkhut” was located approximately 470 km (292 miles) north of Yap, Federated States of Micronesia and has tracked westward at 22 km/h (14 mph) over the past six hours.
Animated enhanced infrared satellite imagery shows a symmetric and highly consolidated system with compact feeder bands spiraling tightly into a sharply-outlined 42 km (26 miles) wide eye.