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PAGASA warns northern Luzon of heavy rains with typhoon Ompong

The weather bureau expects that Northern Luzon will be greatly affected with the onslaught of typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), after it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Wednesday afternoon.

In line with this, PAGASA said that northern part of Cagayan, all the way to Cagayan-Batanes area will feel the impact of the typhoon as early as Saturday, September 15.

Ompong was last registered at a distance of 1,145 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

It has a maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kilometer per hour near its center, with gustiness of up to 255 kilometer per hour.

Ompong continues to move towards the west with a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA already issued a warning that with Ompong’s entry to PAR, Catanduanes and its nearby areas will experience heavy rains and strong winds within 36 hours.

Typhoon Ompong may gain more strength with up to 220 kilometers per hour near its center with gustiness of up to 270 kilometers per hour starting Thursday, September 13.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no.1 has been raised in Catanduanes.

PAGASA is also expected to raise the storm warning signal no. 1 in the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur on Thursday.

Strong winds and storm surge, and heavy downpour will be experienced in the shores of Cagayan and Isabela on Friday, September 14 and the whole of northern Luzon on Saturday, September 15.

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