Tens of thousands of passengers were stranded in the city's worldwide airport on Sunday, the airport authority said, with airlines including the city's flagship carrier, Cathay Pacific, having already cancelled many flights.
The Philippines military is sending two C-130 airplanes and 10 helicopters to Cagayan province for typhoon relief and rescue efforts, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday, according to Philippine News Agency (PNA). Tolentino and other officials advised them not to return home until the lingering danger had passed.
Airlines across the region cancelled more than 100 flights on Saturday as Super Typhoon Mangkhut slammed into the Philippines and was set to disrupt travel from Hong Kong to Japan.
Storm warnings remained hoisted in 10 northern provinces, including Cagayan, which could still be lashed by devastating winds, forecasters said.
Some residents have been evacuated from low-lying areas with storm surges of up to 3.5 meters expected.
It has maximum sustained winds of 270 kilometers per hour (165 mph), with gusts as high as 325 kilometers per hour (200 mph), the equivalent of a Category 5 hurricane. The ferocious storm arrived in the Philippines at around 1:30 a.m. local time on Saturday, with sustained winds of over 120 miles per hour.
CNN reported Super Typhoon Mangkhut reached the Marshall Islands and Guam earlier this week.
Manila Electric said 430,000 customers in the capital region and nearby provinces are without electricity.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte held a meeting Thursday of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), where it was made a decision to put in place extra emergency procedures ahead of the storm.
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The storm, which packs a 900km rain band and strong winds, is heading towards southern China. Almost 48,000 houses in those high-risk areas are made of light materials.
Communication is cut from many areas and high winds are preventing responders, meaning it's too early for a full assessment of damage.
A member of the Philippine Air Force stands in front of a satellite image of Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named Typhoon Ompong, at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council operations center in metropolitan Manila, Philippines.
Many residents have begun preparing for the storm by reinforcing their homes and buying food and supplies in bulk.
Mangkhut is the 15th - and the strongest - storm of 2018.
Officials in Hong Kong held emergency meetings Friday, and residents in low-lying areas and outlying islands have been urged to move to temporary shelters.
Mangkhut, the Thai word for mangosteen fruit, is the 15th storm this year to batter the Philippines, which is hit by about 20 a year and is considered one of the world's most disaster-prone countries.
The country's deadliest on record is Super Typhoon Haiyan, which left more than 7,350 people dead or missing across the central Philippines in November 2013.
The fear of Mangkhut is remembered by the Philippians in the form of Typhoon Haiyan, which had caused vast damage in 2013 causing the death of more than 6,000.