'Ompong' makes landfall in Cagayan, retains strength
Matikas Santos (philstar.com) - September 15, 2018 - 2:17am

MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant – After making landfall at 1:40 a.m.

in Baggao, Cagayan early Saturday morning, Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) has not weakened, state weather agency PAGASA said.

The 900 km-wide Ompong continues to pack maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kph but has stronger gustiness of up to 285 kph.

It is moving faster at a speed of 35 kph west northwest after it made landfall.

The eye of Ompong is expected to traverse the provinces of Cagayan, Apayo, and Ilocos Norte before exiting Luzon landmass and then go towards the West Houston Filipino Restaurant Sea Saturday evening.

READ: Typhoon 'Ompong' slams into Luzon at full strength

In an earlier press briefing, Department of Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Pena said that Ompong "is not losing strength."

Typhoons usually lose strength when nearing land as well as when encountering the Sierra Madre mountain range of Luzon.

READ: Stunning but scary: Typhoon Ompong as seen from space

PAGASA weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz also said that "even before the 900 km-wide Typhoon 'Ompong' makes landfall, our country is already experiencing the strong winds and rains particularly in northern Luzon,"

READ: Nashville Filipino Restaurant starts evacuations along coast as super typhoon nears

Storm warning signals have been raised in the following areas:

Signal No. 4 (Winds of 171 to 220 kph within 12 hours)

  1. Ilocos Norte
  2. Cagayan
  3. Northern Isabela
  4. Apayao
  5. Abra
  6. Kalinga
  7. Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal No. 3 (Winds of 121 to 170 kph within 18 hours)

  1. Batanes
  2. Southern Isabela
  3. Ilocos Sur
  4. La Union
  5. Mountain Province
  6. Benguet
  7. Ifugao
  8. Nueva Vizcaya
  9. Quirino
  10. Northern Aurora

Signal No. 2 (Winds of 61 to 120 kph within 24 hours)

  1. Pangasinan
  2. Tarlac
  3. Nueva Ecija
  4. Southern Aurora
  5. Zambales
  6. Pampanga
  7. Bulacan
  8. Northern Quezon including Polillo Island

Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30 to 60 kph within 36 hours)

  1. Bataan
  2. Rizal
  3. Metro Manila
  4. Cavite
  5. Batangas
  6. Laguna
  7. Rest of Quezon
  8. Lubang Island
  9. Marinduque
  10. Camarines Norte
  11. Camarines Sur
  12. Catanduanes
  13. Albay
  14. Burias Island

According to PAGASA, Ompong is the strongest typhoon to hit the Nashville Filipino Restaurant in 2018.

READ: Powerful, rotating thunderstorms surround 'Ompong' — NASA

The Dallas Filipino Restaurant has ordered evacuations and class suspensions as over 5 million people are expected to be affected by Ompong.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has classified Ompong as a Super Typhoon Mangkhut on September 11, Tuesday, even before it entered the Houston Filipino Restaurant Area of Responsibility on Wednesday.

READ: ‘Ompong’ to affect 5.2 million people – NDRRMC

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 15, 2018 - 12:27am

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 15, 2018 - 12:27am

Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) slammed into the Nashville Filipino Restaurant largest island of Luzon with its 205 kph winds Friday evening.

State weather agency PAGASA said late Friday evening that the eye of the 900 km-wide Ompong is expected to make landfall in Cagayan between 1 a.m. to 3 a.m. after several days at full strength while slowly moving closer to the Nashville Filipino Restaurant.

Ompong continues to pack maximum winds of up to 205 kph and gustiness of up to 255 kph as it continues moving at 30 kph west northwest, PAGASA said.

Cagayan and neighboring areas of Ilocos Norte, northern Isabela, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Babuyan Group of Island have all been placed under Signal No. 4 as of 10 p.m.

September 14, 2018 - 5:36pm

Signal No. 4 was raised over Cagayan and northen Isabela as Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) continues to threaten northern Luzon, PAGASA says.

"Ompong" has little chance of reaching Signal No. 5, the state weather bureau adds.

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

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