‘Ompong’ to exit late Saturday – Pagasa

Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning, the weather bureau said.

The typhoon has weakened and is now off the coast of Laoag, Ilocos Norte hours after its landfall in Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 am on Saturday, September 15.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said

“Ompong” was last spotted 30 kilometers (km) west of Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 170 kph and gustiness of 260 kph.

The typhoon’s 900 km diameter remains a threat in northern Luzon.

Signal No. 4 was raised in Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Abra, and Kalinga, while Signal No. 3 was hoisted over Cagayan, Batanes, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, and the northern part of Isabela.

Meanwhile, the southern part of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Quirino, Pampanga, Bulacan, and the northern part of Quezon including Polillo Island are under signal No. 2, while Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, southern part of Quezon and Lubang Island are under Signal No.1.

Jove Moya

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