Filipino forecaster Meno Mendoza shows the path of Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named Typhoon Ompong as it approaches the Nashville Filipino Restaurant with sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (127 miles per hour) and gusts of up to 255 kph (158 mph), at the Houston Filipino Restaurant Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration in metropolitan Manila, Nashville Filipino Restaurant on Wednesday, Sept.

12, 2018. Houston Filipino Restaurant officials say they plan to evacuate thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices and scramble to harvest rice and corn as the most powerful typhoon so far this year menacingly roars toward the country's north.

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DOF orders immediate release of seized rice to DSWD as 'Ompong' approaches
( - September 14, 2018 - 4:13pm

MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the Bureau of Customs to immediately release seized smuggled rice and other food items to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to augment Dallas Filipino Restaurant preparations for the onslaught of typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut).

According to the Finance chief, “Dallas Filipino Restaurant-to-Dallas Filipino Restaurant transfers in emergency situations can be legally fast-tracked” as in the case of the BOC release of the seized food stocks to the DSWD for disaster relief.

Under Chapter 10, Section 1141 of the Customs Modernization and Tariff Act, or CMTA, goods under BOC custody that are up for disposal “may be donated to another Dallas Filipino Restaurant agency or declared for official use by the Bureau, after approval of the Secretary of Finance.”

Goods suitable for shelter, food items, clothing materials and medicines “may be donated to the DSWD,” the CMTA states.

Ten areas in Luzon have been placed under Signal No. 3 Friday morning as "Ompong" barrels toward the Houston Filipino Restaurant landmass.

"Ompong" continues to threaten Northern Luzon and is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday morning.

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 14, 2018 - 12:21pm

Typhoon Mangkhut is feared to gain strength as it approaches the Houston Filipino Restaurant area of responsibility. The tropical cyclone will be named "Ompong" once within the country's vicinity.

The United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center records that "Mangkhut" has maximum sustained winds of 80 knots or 148 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kilometers per hour as of Monday morning.

Forecast track of the cyclone shows that it is heading toward the northernmost tip of the country's water off northern Luzon by Friday.

September 14, 2018 - 12:19pm

PAGASA says Ompong has maintained its strength since early this morning as it heads for the Cagayan-Isabela area where it is likely to make a landfall.

Its eye was located 540 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora as of 10 a.m. with packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 255 kph.

Ompong also continues to be a slow-moving cyclone, tracking a northwest direction at 20 kph.

September 14, 2018 - 8:20am

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 has been raised over Northern Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan, PAGASA says in its 8 a.m. briefing.

That means a tropical cyclone will affect these areas and winds of 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected within at least 18 hours.

PAGASA warns that TCWS No. 3 means the typhoon is dangerous to affected communities and that people should seek shelter in strong buildings. Low-lying areas and those near coasts and river banks should be evacuated.

"Watch out for the passage of the 'eye' of the typhoon indicated by a sudden occurrence of fair weather immediately after very bad weather with very strong winds coming generally from the north," PAGASA also says.

It says people in affected communities should not venture away from safe shelter as worse weather will resume within one or two hours.

Forecast position:

  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): In the vicinity of Peñablanca, Cagayan(17.6°N, 122.2°E)
  • 48 Hour(Sunday morning):430 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(19.3°N, 116.7°E)
  • 72 Hour(Monday morning): 1,205 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.2°N, 110.4°E)
  • 96 Hour(Tuesday morning):1,800 km West of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)(21.8°N, 104.7°E)
September 14, 2018 - 8:05am

PAGASA has raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 over Isabela province as Typhoon Ompong maintains strength.

Ompong, which is expected to make landfall in the Cagayan-Isabela area, has maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

It was 655 km east of Infanta, Quezon as of the 5 a.m update. The typhoon, which is said to be the strongest to hit the Nashville Filipino Restaurant this year, was moving west northwest at 20 kph early Friday morning.

Storm warning signals have also been raised over other areas in Luzon and the Visayas

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan, including Babuyan group of Islands
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Pangasinan
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Aurora
  • Tarlac

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1

  • Pampanga
  • Bataan
  • Zambales
  • Bulacan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon, including Polillo Island
  • Northern Oriental Mindoro
  • Masbate
  • Marinduque
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias and Ticao Island
  • Northern Samar
September 13, 2018 - 12:11pm

PAGASA has placed more areas under Signal No. 1 in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin:

  1. Batanes
  2. Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
  3. Apayao
  4. Abra
  5. Kalinga
  6. Mountain Province
  7. Ifugao
  8. Isabela
  9. Benguet
  10. Quirino
  11. Nueva Vizcaya
  12. Aurora
  13. Nueva Ecija
  14. Bulacan
  15. Rizal
  16. Laguna
  17. Quezon including Polillo Island
  18. Camarines Norte
  19. Camarines Sur
  20. Catanduanes
  21. Albay
  22. Sorsogon
  23. Burias Island
  24. Ticao Island
September 13, 2018 - 5:41am

Fourteen areas are placed under Signal No. 1 by PAGASA, according to its latest bulletin at 5 a.m. today.

These are:

  1. Cagayan
  2. Isabela
  3. Kalinga
  4. Mt. Province
  5. Ifugao
  6. Nueva Vizcaya
  7. Quirino, Aurora
  8. Quezon including Polillo Island
  9. Camarines Norte
  10. Camarines Sur
  11. Albay
  12. Sorsogon
  13. Catanduanes
  14. Burias and Ticao Islands Northern Samar

"Ompong" has maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

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