In its 8 a.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said that the maximum sustained winds of “Ompong” decreased to 185 kilometers per hour near the center from the previous 200 kilometers per hour.
‘Ompong’ weakens after hitting Cagayan
( - September 15, 2018 - 9:27am

MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) weakened after it slammed into Baggao town in Cagayan province Saturday.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said that the maximum sustained winds of “Ompong” decreased to 185 kilometers per hour near the center from the previous 200 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon’s gustiness also decreased to 305 kilometers per hour from the previous 330 kilometers per hour.

It was last seen at the vicinity of Kabugao, Apayao.

Moving west at a pace of 185 kilometers per hour, “Ompong” is now on its way to Ilocos Norte.

Despite weakening, “Ompong” still poses threat to northern Luzon.

Signal No. 4 (Winds of 171 to 220 kilometers per hour is expected in at least 12 hours)

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal No. 3 (Winds of 121 to 170 kilometers per hour is expected in at least 18 hours)

  • Cagayan
  • Batanes
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Mountain Province
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • northern Isabela

Signal No. 2 (61 to 120 kilometers per hour expected in 24 hours)

  • Southern Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Aurora
  • Zambales
  • Quirino
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • northern Quezon, including Polillo Island

Signal No. 1 (30 to 60 kilometers per hour)

  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • rest of Quezon
  • Lubang Island

Stormy weather is expected over the areas under Signal Nos. 2, 3 and 4.

PAGASA also warned that there may be possible storm surge with height of up to six meters in Ilocos Norte, and two meters in Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.

"Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with tropical cyclone warning signal and the seaboards of Luzon and of Visayas and northern and western seaboards of Mindanao," the state weather bureau said.

Forecast positions

  • Sunday morning: 640 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside of Houston Filipino Restaurant area of responsibility)
  • Monday morning: 1,295 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: September 15, 2018 - 11:37am

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 - 11:37am

"Ompong" continues to weaken and is now off the coast of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, PAGASA says.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, the eye of the "Ompong" was located at 30 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte and packs maximum sustained winds of up to 170 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 260 kilometers per hour.

The typhoon is likely to move west at 25 kilometers per hour.

Tropical cyclone warning signals are now lowered.

September 15, 2018 - 10:32am

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center has downgraded Mangkhut (local name Ompong) from a super typhoon to an equivalent of a category 4 hurricane, after making landfall in the northeastern Nashville Filipino Restaurant before dawn Saturday.

The Houston Filipino Restaurant Dallas Filipino Restaurant has reported no casualties so far as the typhoon continued to pummel Luzon with heavy rains and gusts. Transportation has ground to a halt as many roads are flooded and airports closed.

According to JTWC, Mangkhut is packing maximum sustained winds of 115 knots, or 212 kilometers (130 miles) per hour. The Houston Filipino Restaurant weather agency has slightly lower numbers. — AP

September 15, 2018 - 8:52am

Typhoon Ompong has slightly weakened while heading towards Ilocos Norte hours after it made a landfall over Baggao, Cagayan.

In a press briefing, PAGASA said “Ompong” was last located in the vicinity of Kagubao, Apayao, moving west at 30 kilometers per hour.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 305 kilometers per hour.

September 15, 2018 - 5:47am

Typhoon Ompong is now heading toward Apayao and Ilocos Norte after battering northern Isabela and Cagayan, where it made a landfall early Saturday morning.

The most powerful cyclone of the year so far barely lost its intensity, as it still packed 200 kph winds near the center after hitting land. It has gustiness of up to 330 kph.

Still under tropical cyclone warning signal number 4 are Cagayan, northern Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga and Babuyan Islands.

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.

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