Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Mangkhut, locally named “Ompong,” has entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday, September 12, at around 3:00 PM, according to PAGASA.
The tropical cyclone continues threaten Northern Luzon. The eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data at 1,145 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (14.0 °N, 134.8 °E ), as of 4:00 PM. The province of Catanduanes will experience the peripheral effects of Ompong within the next 36 hours, bringing occasional rains and gusty winds. Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal #1 is hoisted over Catanduanes. Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours. (When the tropical cyclone develops very close to the locality a shorter lead time of the occurrence of the winds will be specified in the warning bulletin.)
The typhoon may continue to intensify as it moves West at 20 kph. TY Ompong may reach a peak intensity of 220 maximum sustained winds and 270 kph gustiness tomorrow, September 13. As per PAGASA’s tropical cyclone intensity scale, a typhoon can be categorized as a “super typhoon” once it reaches over 220 maximum sustained winds.
TY Ompong is expected to make landfall in the northern tip of Cagayan on Saturday (September 15). TCWS #1 may be raised in provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur tomorrow morning (September 13).
Forecast position of Typhoon Ompong:
- 24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 820 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte(14.9°N, 130.5°E)
- 48 Hour(Friday afternoon):450 km Northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte(16.8°N, 126.1°E)
- 72 Hour(Saturday afternoon): 70 km North of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte(18.8°N, 120.7°E)
- 96 Hour(Sunday afternoon):610 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(20.7°N, 115.4°E)
- 120 Hour(Monday afternoon):1,275 km West Northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte (OUTSIDE PAR)(22.0°N, 109.1°E)