The Philippines and the United States have declared a state of emergency, with the Philippines declaring a “State of Emergency” and the U.S. issuing travel advisories to Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Dominican Islands.
The countries have already issued travel advisisions to Cuba and to Haiti.
The Philippines said it is “urgently mobilizing resources” to help people affected by Tropical Storm Patience and Tropical System Allison.
It also said that “the Philippine Government will maintain strict surveillance and coordination to ensure a high level of coordination.”
President Rodrigo Duterte has urged citizens to “make every effort” to travel “as soon as possible” to the affected countries.
President Duterte on Wednesday said the Philippines has already received the most serious humanitarian aid and will send relief supplies to affected areas.
“We are going to take care of the needs of our people, and we will take care that we provide relief supplies for them.
We have already received most of the supplies.
We are ready for the next batch,” he said during an address to the nation.
He added that he expects that the country’s disaster response will be handled by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Duterte has ordered the military to carry out emergency drills in preparation for the storm and has ordered all public transport and commercial vehicles to shut down.
The country’s National Disaster Management Agency said it has sent relief supplies, including drinking water, to people in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island of St. Thomas.
The U.N. also has issued travel advisory for the affected areas, as well as the Caribbean, North and Central America, the Middle East and the African continent.
The storm could be worse, said CNN Philippines Meteorologist Carlos Romero.
The hurricane is expected to bring heavy rain, wind gusts of up to 90 mph, and coastal flooding, Romero said.
“The winds are going around the island and it’s possible to see the hurricane in Puerto Vallarta, but there’s also a chance it could also hit the capital of Manila, where it could bring catastrophic damage,” Romero said in a text message.
“It could be catastrophic for people’s lives.”
The storm’s winds are expected to be stronger than Category 4, which is the highest category.
The storm could bring gusts up to 110 mph.
The weather bureau said the storm was moving east at 7 mph (15 km/h) with gusts reaching up to 120 mph (180 km/hr).
It is moving northeast at 7 to 8 mph (17 to 20 km/H) with a maximum sustained wind of 90 mph (200 km/hour).
The storm was expected to pass through the Philippines, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph (260 km/ha).
It was expected by Wednesday to pass over the Philippines and become a tropical depression, which would make landfall in the Philippines in the coming days.
The typhoon is expected have winds of 155 mph (250 km/hs) with an average gust of up at 75 mph (120 km/ h).
It is forecast to make landfall on Thursday morning with maximum wind speeds of 150 to 160 mph (280 to 290 km/ hrs).