As the USA east coast braces for Hurricane Florence, an even stronger super typhoon is barreling down on southeast Asia, with Hong Kong and Macau square in its path.
An average of 20 typhoons and storms lash the Philippines each year, killing hundreds of people and leaving millions in near-perpetual poverty.
Filipino residents in Bacoor city, south of Manila, ride on a makeshift raft on a river ahead of impending super typhoon Mangkhut.
Mangkhut, the 22nd typhoon this year, will pass through the Philippines with estimated maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometres per hour (155 miles per hour), reported The Philippine Star.
Super Typhoon Manghkut is on track to hit the northern Philippines with its strongest winds on Friday before striking Taiwan and then possibly heading towards Hong Kong and mainland China.
Nonetheless, Mr. Jalad urged LGUs and the public to be proactive and fully prepared as some areas might experience landslides and flooding due to storm surges.
Mangkhut, to be named Ompong once it enters the Philippines, is now forecast by the USA military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center to bring top winds of 150 knots (277 kilometers per hour) with maximum gusts of 180 knots.
Mangkhut is expected to be as strong as Haiyan - a super typhoon that killed more than 6,200 people in the Philippines in 2013.
The Philippines is anticipating that Mangkhut will be as strong as Typhoon Haiyan, prompting the preparation of food, supplies and rescue efforts as well as 1.7 billion pesos (S$43.4 million) in stand-by funds, according to the disaster agency.
The coastal province of Guangdong in China is also in the path of the typhoon, where the coast is under threat.
The Hong Kong Observatory said Mangkhut is expected to reach China's southeastern coast on Sunday.
Officials of the state weather bureau - Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) - said in a livestreamed press conference on September 12 that the typhoon is seen to reach a peak intensity of 220 to 270 kilometers per hour (kph).
Based on its 4 p.m. update, PAGASA said parts of the Bicol Region such as Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, and Sorsogon were already experiencing heavy rains with lightning and strong winds.