In the Philippine province of Cagayan in northern Luzon, governor Manuel Mamba ordered evacuations and closed schools and offices as a precautionary measure. He told the Associated Press that this typhoon is "very different, which is more complicated because of possible storm surges."
The danger underscored how vulnerable the Philippines have become to climate variability because of their location at the intersection of the Pacific, making them increasingly frequent and powerful typhoons.
Officials warned that the 2013 Super Typhoon Mangchut was carrying the intensity of super typhoon Haiyan, which killed more than 6,000 people. But on Thursday, Mangkhut was on its way to meeting less densely populated areas.
Nevertheless, Edgar Posadas, spokesman for the Civil Defense Bureau, Filipinos, urged himself to prepare for the worst.
"We have people in these areas who say it stays sunny from now on – but do not let us be complacent," he said, remembering how Haiyan "it was sunny, but the next day it was a deluge".
He said that Mangkhut, which derives its name from a Thai fruit, is geographically "larger in terms of coverage" than Haiyan, and threatens about 29 provinces and 30 cities on its way. His rainband was 560 miles wide, 50 percent larger than Haiyan.
Mr. Gordon, the head of the Philippine Red Cross, said emergency teams; Search and rescue teams; Water, sanitary and health units; In northern and central Luzon and Manila, volunteers were waiting for the storm.
"We are concerned about the 10 million people in the Philippines living on the path of this devastating storm, including those who were displaced several times in July and August due to monsoon rains," he said.