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2014's strongest typhoon 'Ompong' is far to spare Philippines


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MANILA, Philippines - State weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 said that super Typhoon 'Ompong' (international name: 'Vongfong') is not expected to hit the country.

2014's strongest typhoon 'Ompong' is far to spare Philippines


'Ompong' known as the strongest typhoon this 2014 would not have any direct effect over the Philippines as the typhoon was headed towards southern Japan.

In its 5:00pm weather update, PAGASA said the eye of Typhoon 'Ompong' was located based on all available data at 995 km east of Tuguegarao City (18.3ºN, 131.1ºE) with maximum winds of 215 kph and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 9 kph.

Meanwhile, Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) announced that 'Ompong' could reach its peak strength on Thursday morning (October 9), packing one-minute sustained winds of 305 kph and gusts of up to 370 kph while it is over the Philippine Sea.

JTWC, however, said Ompong will get weaker as it approaches the southern portion of Japan and the eye of the super typhoon will be within the vicinity of Amami islands by Sunday morning.

In 2013, typhoon Yolanda (international name ''Haiyan'') devastated the Visayas region and left 7,300 dead or missing

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