Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Mangkhut further intensifies as it approaches the Philippines, according to PAGASA.
In an advisory issued at 11:00 PM last night, the state weather bureau said the eye of Typhoon Mangkhut was located based on all available data at 2,135 km East of Southern Luzon,still outside Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
It slightly slowed down at 25 km/h as it move westward. It is forecast to enter the PAR on Wednesday afternoon, September 12. It will be locally named “Ompong” once it enters PAR. It packs maximum sustained winds of 160 km/h and gustiness of up to 195 km/hr as it threatens Northern Luzon.
PAGASA said Mangkhut may reach its maximum sustained winds to 210 kph, with gusts of up to 260 kph.
As per PAGASA’s tropical cyclone intensity scale, a typhoon has to reach in excess of 220kph maximum sustained winds to be categorized as a super typhoon.
The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan – Batanes area around Saturday, September 15. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) as early as Thursday, September 13 or 36 hours prior to closest approach (TCWS #1).
Widespread moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the Typhoon is possible by Friday, September 14, over Northern Luzon especially over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes.