The Philippine Atmospheric and Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) expects that Typhoon Ompong will make landfall in the Cagayan – Isabela area on Saturday, September 14.
As of 11:00AM, PAGASA reported that the eye of Typhoon Ompong is located 540 kilometer east of Baler, Aurora and the tropical cyclone continues to move northwest with a speed of 20 kilometers per hour.
According to PAGASA, typhoon Ompong has a maximum wind strength of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kilometers per hour.
The following tropical cyclone warning signals (TCWS) have been raised in the following areas:
- Southern Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Quezon including Polillo Island, Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Masbate, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Burias and Ticao Islands.
- Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Southern Aurora, and Northern Zambales.
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Northern Aurora, and Isabela.
PAGASA said that areas under TCWS#1 will experience occasional rains and gusty winds while areas under TCWS#, and TCWS#2 will have a stormy weather.
Fisherfolks and small seacrafts have been advised to not venture out over the seaboards of areas with TCWS and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao due to the inclement weather.
Typhoon Ompong also enhanced the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Visayas, and scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga.
Residents living near river channels, at low-lying places, and at mountainous places in the aforementioned areas have been advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslides, and coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices.