Manila, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) clarifies that “Mangkhut” is classified as a ‘typhoon’ although it still has a possibility to become a “super typhoon”.
As per PAGASA latest severe weather disturbance advisory issued at 3:00 PM today, Mangkhut further intensifies its strength. It carries a maximum sustained winds of up to 150 km/h and gustiness of up to 185 km/h. The eye of Typhoon Mangkhut is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and spotted, based on all available data, at 2,255 km East of Southern Luzon. Once it enters PAR, it shall be called Typhoon Ompong.
Mangkhut moves on westward direction at a speed of 35 km/h and may enter PAR this Wednesday, September 12. According to its previous advisory, PAGASA said that the severe weather disturbance may further intensify at 205 km/h before PAR entry. It would make a landfall Cagayan-Batanes area around Saturday, September 16. It is forecast to exit PAR between Saturday and Sunday.
The state weather bureau on advised residents in certain parts of Luzon to prepare for the strong typhoon. Government agencies involved in disaster risk reduction are also alerted for the possible severe effects of the typhoon, which is anticipated to be felt by Thursday or Friday in Northern and Central Luzon.
“Habang wala pa ay maghanda na po tayo..alamin ang ligtas na lugar kung sakaling may malalakas na ulan na maaring magdulot ng pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa,” weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said in a Facebook video.