Typhoon Ompong weakens, to exit PAR tonight – PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon 'Ompong' (international name: Mangkhut) continues to weaken and now off the coast of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 11:00 am update on Saturday, September 15.

Typhoon Ompong weakens, to exit PAR tonight – PAGASA
Satellite image of Typhoon Ompong as of 10:30 am on Saturday, September 15 | Courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

At 10:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon 'Ompong' was located based on all available data at 30 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (18.2 °N, 120.3 °E ).

'Ompong' has maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center (from 200 kph earlier) and gustiness of up to 260 kph. It is moving West at 25 kph.

The cyclone is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight or early morning.

Improved weather condition especially in Metro Manila can be expected tomorrow morning (September 16).

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal as of 11:00 am, September 15:

Signal No. 3 (121 to 170 kph): Cagayan incl. Babuyan Group of Islands, Batanes, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union Mountain Province,Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra.

Signal No. 2 (61 to 120 kph): Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Quirino, Pampanga and Bulacan.

Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph): Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Lubang Island and Northern Quezon incl. Polillo Island.

Typhoon Ompong weakens, to exit PAR tonight – PAGASA
Image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

Stormy weather is expected over the areas under TCWS # 2 and #3.

The Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by the typhoon will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM, MIMAROPA and Bicol Region while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Eastern and Central Visayas.

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.

Ompong is the country's 15th tropical cyclone for 2018. In average, 20 cyclones enters PAR per year.

— The Summit Express

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