MANILA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines could be battered by as many as five more typhoons until the end of 2018, the state weather bureau warned on Tuesday.
The Philippine Daily Inquirer, a major Philippine English newspaper, quoted the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as saying most of these typhoons during the last quarter of the year are likely to make landfall.
"Normally when it's the northeast monsoon season, storms make landfall," said weather forecaster Jun Galang from PAGASA.
The northeast monsoon, a weather system, usually associates with cool winds during the winter season.
Galang said the typhoons which batter the Philippines are usually much stronger in the last quarter of the year.
Based on PAGASA's outlook, typhoons usually hit Luzon, Visayas and Northern Mindanao during the latter part of the year.
Mangkhut, which made landfall last Saturday morning in the northern Philippines and exited this country on Saturday night, is the 15th typhoon to slam the Philippines so far this year.
However, the strongest typhoon in the region so far this year left a trail of destruction across the Philippines's main Luzon island, killing a total of 74 people.
Typhoons hit the Philippines around 19 times a year, bringing strong winds and heavy rains, resulting in flooding, great damage to crops, houses and buildings.
In 2013, super typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people. In 2009, typhoon Ketsana also caused massive flooding in Metro Manila, killing more than 700.