Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Signal No. 3 up in Isabela, Aurora, Cagayan; signal No. 2 in 18 provinces in Luzon as Ompong keeps fury

Sep 14, 2018 @ 10:31

Typhoon Ompong (international name “Mangkhut”) continues to maintain strength as it moves inland toward northern Luzon on Friday.

In its 8 a.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has upgraded tropical cyclone warning signals in areas along its track.

“Ompong”, last observed at 605 kilometers east of Baler, Quezon at 7 a.m., is packing winds at 205 kph, gustiness of 255 kph and moving toward northern Luzon at 20 kph. It will make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area on Saturday (Sept. 15).

PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone warning signal number 3 over Isabela, Northern Aurora and Cagayan. Under TCWS 3, winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Meanwhile, signal number 2 was raised in these areas:

Batanes
Babuyan Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Apayao
Abra
Kalinga
Mountain Province
Ifugao
La Union
Benguet
Nueva Vizcaya
Quirino
Pangasinan
Nueva Ecija
rest of Aurora
Tarlac
Northern Zambales
Under TCWS 2, winds of greater than 60 kph and up to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.

Signal number 1 was also hoisted over the following areas:

Pampanga
Bataan
rest of Zambales
Bulacan
Rizal
Metro Manila
Cavite
Batangas
Laguna
Quezon including Polillo Island
Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
Northern Oriental Mindoro
Masbate
Marinduque
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Albay
Sorsogon
Burias
Ticao Island
Under TCWS 1, winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours.

Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon enhanced by the typhoon will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Visayas while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga. (PNA)

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