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.
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‘Ompong’ weakens after hitting Cagayan
(philstar.com) - September 15, 2018 - 9:27am

MANILA, Philippines — 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 Philippine area of responsibility)
  • Monday morning: 1,295 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)

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PAGASA TYPHOON OMPONG WEATHER UPDATES
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LATEST UPDATE: September 18, 2018 - 11:36am

Typhoon Mangkhut is feared to gain strength as it approaches the Philippine 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 18, 2018 - 11:36am

The Department of the Interior and Local Government tallies 66 dead, 62 missing in wake of Typhoon Ompong, ONE News reports.

The department says it will also look into potential lapses in local governments' disaster preparations.
 

September 18, 2018 - 10:02am

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines clarifies Tuesday that a church reported to have collapsed in a landslide in Itogon, Benguet was an old bunkhouse that was being used as a place of worship by United Church Fellowship (Pentecostal Group).

The casualty figure on Monday was at 56 dead but the figure is expected to rise, with around 40 to 50 people believed to still be buried in the mud as search and retrieval operations continue.

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, who said he is a member of UCCP, on Monday played down President Rodrgo Duterte's remark over the weekend that the "church" would not have collapsed if people had replaced the priest there. He also said priests are stupid.

"Ang tingin ko naman po, hindi naman po seryoso ang presidente. Let's not take his words always literally," Roque said.

Benguet was one of the areas hardest hit by Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut) over the weekend.

September 17, 2018 - 3:53pm

Philippine and Chinese authorities say the death toll from a typhoon has risen to at least 69 with dozens missing.

Mangkhut weakened to a tropical storm Monday morning as it moved deeper into southern China, where rain and strong winds were expected to continue through Tuesday.

A Philippine national police report said the death toll as of Monday midday was 65, with 43 people missing and 64 injured. Chinese authorities reported four deaths from falling trees and building materials in Guangdong, China's manufacturing hub.

Many of the missing in the Philippines are gold miners and their families feared buried in a landslide after seeking shelter in a bunkhouse-turned-chapel in a village in Benguet province.

Mangkhut battered the northern Philippines on Saturday before slamming into southern China on Sunday. It was the most powerful typhoon to hit Hong Kong since 1979, packing winds of 195 kilometers per hour (121 mph). — AP

September 17, 2018 - 3:53pm

Mangkhut has weakened from a typhoon to a tropical storm as it moves deeper into China.

The storm was still affecting southern China's coast and the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi and Hainan on Monday morning and rain and strong winds were expected to continue through Tuesday.

Hong Kong residents were being told to stay away from the coastline and be on alert for occasional gales. Bus, ferry and rail services were suspended and almost 900 flights were canceled at the city's airport, one of the world's busiest. The South China Morning Post said Hong Kong's hospitals had to use backup power due to outages caused by the storm.

Mangkhut earlier lashed the Philippines, sparking landslides and building collapses that killed at least 64 people. At least two deaths have been reported in China. As of Monday morning Mangkhut was on track to pass over the Guangxi regional capital of Nanning.

The Hong Kong Observatory reported Mangkhut was the most powerful cyclone to hit the city since 1979, packing maximum sustained gusts of 195 kilometers per hour (121 mph). — AP

September 16, 2018 - 12:35pm

Australia is providing A$800,000 (P30.9 million) worth of humanitarian supplies to the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Ompong. This includes sleeping mats, blankets and hygiene and shelter kits for up to 25,000 people in the most affected areas.

These supplies are being distributed by the Philippine Red Cross.

Australia also deployed humanitarian experts to the Philippines.

"Our Embassy is coordinating closely with Philippine authorities and our international partners... We stand ready to provide further assistance, if requested by the Philippine Government," the Australian government says.

 

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