“Ompong” continues to threaten Northern Luzon and is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday morning.
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10 areas under Signal No. 3 as ‘Ompong’ draws closer to Luzon
(philstar.com) - September 14, 2018 - 12:05pm

MANILA, Philippines — Ten areas in Luzon have been placed under Signal No. 3 Friday morning as typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) barrels toward the Philippine landmass.

“Ompong” continues to threaten Northern Luzon and is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early Saturday morning.

PAGASA also warned that those living in Cagayan and Isabela may expect up to six meters of storm surge. 

Tropical cyclone warning signals have been raised in the following areas:

Signal No. 3 (Winds of 100 to 185 kilometers per hour in at least 18 hours)

  • Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Northern Aurora
  • Isabela

Signal No. 2 (Winds of 60 to 100 kilometers per hour in at least 24 hours)

  • Batanes
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Southern Aurora
  • Northern Zambales

Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour in at least 36 hours)

  • Southern Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon including Polillo Islands
  • Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands
  • Northern Oriental Mindoro
  • Masbate
  • Marinduqe
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias and Ticao Islands
  • Northern Samar

Residents of areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 3 will experience stormy weather, while those in areas under Signal No. 1 will experience occasional rains and gusty winds. 

At 10 a.m., "Ompong" was seen 540 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora with maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kilometers per hour. 

The typhoon is moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour. 

"Ompong" will boost southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Visayas, while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao and CARAGA.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone warning signal and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. 

Forecast position

  • Saturday morning: In the vicinity of Kabugao, Apayao (after landfall in Cagayan)
  • Sunday morning: 660 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside Philippine Area of Responsibility)
  • Monday morning: 1,310 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (Outside PAR)

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