Manila, Philippines – A typhoon brewing along Pacific Ocean will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is feared to become a super typhoon in the coming days.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the new LPA with international name “Mangkhut” may enter PAR on Wednesday or Thursday.
As per its latest weather forecast, PAGASA said that Severe Tropical Storm “MANGKHUT” was estimated, based on all available data, at 3,075 km East of Southern Luzon (still outside PAR) as of 3 PM today. It packs a maximum sustain winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 145 km/h. It is moving west northwest at 35 km/h towards the Northern Mariana Islands.
Mangkhut may become stronger at 205 km/h before PAR entry. Tropical cyclone warning signals maybe raised over Northern Luzon and nearby areas starting September 13. It will pass Cagayan-Batanes region around Saturday, September 16. It is forecast to exit PAR between Saturday and Sunday.
Meanwhile, the LPA spotted at 145 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes brings moderate to occasional heavy rains over Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands, while scattered light to moderate rains and thunderstorms are experienced over northern Cagayan, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga and the Ilocos Region.
Residents in these areas, especially those living near river channels, in low lying areas and in mountainous areas , are advised to take appropriate action against possible flooding and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices and continue monitoring for updates.
The LPA may develop into a Tropical Depression (TD) within 24 to 36 hours.