10 areas under Signal No. 3 as ‘Ompong’ edges closer to Luzon
Ten areas were placed under Signal No. 3 as Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) started to batter parts of Northern Luzon midday on Friday.
The following areas were placed under storm signals:
Signal No. 3
- Cagayan including Babuyan group of Islands
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Northern Aurora
Signal No. 2
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Nueva Ecija
- Southern Aurora
- Northern Zambales
Signal No. 1
- Southern Zambales
- Metro Manila
- Quezon including Polillo Island
- Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- Northern Oriental Mindoro
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
- Burias and Ticao Islands
Ompong was about 540 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora as of 10 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 255 kph.
It was moving northwest at 20 kph and is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela Aurora between 5:00 to 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Weather forecasters say “Ompong” will be a destructive typhoon that will enhance the southwest monsoon, triggering moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the Visayas.
It will also bring scattered to light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga.
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