As 'Neneng' exits, Philippines braces for Typhoon Ompong
Satellite rendering of Tropical Depression Neneng outside the Philippines area of responsibility' northwest border and an approaching Typhoon Mangkhut (to be named Ompong) as of Tuesday, September 11 at 8 a.m.

As 'Neneng' exits, Philippines braces for Typhoon Ompong

(Philstar.com) - September 11, 2018 - 7:55am

MANILA, Philippines — All cyclone warning signals have been lifted on Tuesday morning as Tropical Depression Neneng leaves the Philippine area of responsibility.

As of 4 a.m., Neneng was located 295 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 60 kilometers per hour ang gustiness of up to 75 kph.

Early tomorrow, it will be 550 km away from Basco, Batanes.

The cyclone, however, will continue bring scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Ilocos provinces, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley, the state weather bureau says.

"Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous 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," PAGASA's latest bulletin reads.

Potential super typhoon

A new typhoon, however, is fast approaching the country's vicinity. Typhoon Mangkhut is expected to reach PAR by midweek and will track toward the northern tip of the country, reaching it by the weekend.

Mangkhut will be locally named "Ompong" once inside the country's jurisdiction. Since it is still over the ocean, state meteorologists expect the typhoon to gain in strength, likely reaching "super typhoon" level of more than 220 kilometers per hour.

As of posting time, Mangkhut is packing maximum sustained winds of 110 knots or 203 kilometers per hour, according to estimates of the United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The cyclone also have gusts of up to 130 knots or 250 kph.

It was also recorded to be moving at a sluggish pace of 31 kph.

PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez saysa cyclone warning signal is likely to be raised as early as Thursday over the Cagayan Valley region.

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