'Bagyong Ompong' update: Signal No. 4 up in 4 areas

MANILA, Philippines – 'Bagyong Ompong' (international name: Mangkhut) maintains its course as it moves closer to Isabela and Cagayan, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 8:00 pm update today, September 14, 2018.

'Bagyong Ompong' update: Signal No. 4 up in 4 areas
Satellite image of Typhoon Ompong as of 7:50 pm on Friday, September 14 | Courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

Strong typhoon Ompong is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area tomorrow early morning (Saturday, September 15).

UPDATE: 'Bagyong Ompong' makes landfall in Baggao, Cagayan

At 7:00 pm today, the eye of Typhoon 'Ompong' was located based on Daet radar and other available data at 260 km East Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora (17.3 °N, 124.3 °E).

'Bagyong Ompong' has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph. It is moving Northwest at 30 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no. 4 was raised in 4 areas of Luzon: Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao and Abra. A very intense typhoon will affect the locality. Winds of greater than 171 kph up to 220 kph may be expected in at least 12 hours.

Signal No. 3 is up in the following areas: Batanes, Babuyan Group of Is., southern Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Northern Aurora. Winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 was raised over the areas of Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan and Northern Quezon incl. Polillo Is. Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.

Signal No. 1 is up over Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rest of Quezon, Northern Occidental Mindoro incl. Lubang Is., Northern Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Burias and Ticao Islands. Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

track of Typhoon Ompong
Image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by the typhoon will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Visayas, while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga.

Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and to continue monitoring for updates.

Possible Storm surge height in surge prone areas (above mean sea level): up to 6 meters in Cagayan (early morning tomorrow) and Ilocos Norte; up to 2 meters in Isabela (early morning tomorrow) and Ilocos Sur.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with TCWS and the seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao.

— The Summit Express

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