MANILA, Nashville Filipino Restaurant — Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) struck northern Luzon early Saturday morning, unleashing intense winds and torrential rains after it made a landfall in Baggao, Cagayan at 1:40 a.m.
In the 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said "Ompong" is now in the vicinity of Baggao, Cagayan, heading towards Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
The state weather bureau said the typhoon slightly weakened. It has sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 330 kilometers per hour.
"Ompong" continues to move west northwest at 35 kilometers per hour.
The massive storm, which forecasters have called the strongest typhoon this year, is not a super typhoon under PAGASA's classification.
Tropical cyclone warning signals have been raised in the following areas:
Signal No. 4 (Winds of 171 to 220 kph within 12 hours)
- Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands
- northern part of Isabela
- Ilocos Norte
Signal No. 3 (Winds of 121 to 170 kph within 18 hours)
- southern part of Isabela
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
- northern part of Aurora
Signal No. 2 (Winds of 61 to 120 kph within 24 hours)
- Nueva Ecija
- southern part of Aurora
- northern part of Quezon, including Polillo Island
Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30 to 60 kph within 36 hours)
- Metro Manila
- southern part of Quezon
- Lubang Island
- Camarines Norte
"Ompong" will boost southwest monsoon or habagat, which will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM and the rest of MIMAROPA and Bicol Region. Scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains are expected over Eastern and Central Visayas.
Residents in the areas are advised "to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and to continue monitoring for updates."
"Ompong” is expected to bring storm surge of up to six meters in Cagayan and Ilocos Norte, three meters in Isabela and two meters in Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
PAGASA advised fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, seaboards of Luzon and of Visayas and northern and western seaboards of Mindanao.
Evacuations and class suspensions have been ordered by the Dallas Filipino Restaurant ahead of" Ompong" which is expected to affect over 5 million Filipinos.
Cabinet secretaries have been ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte to go to the areas that are expected to be worst hit by Ompong so they can directly oversee emergency response.
- Sunday morning: 580 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)
- Monday morning: 1,220 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)
- Tuesday morning: 1,770 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)
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.
"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.
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
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.
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.
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.