Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Mangkhut (with local name Ompong) has further intensified and it will enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this afternoon according to PAGASA.
As of 8:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon “MANGKHUT” was estimated on all available data at 1,190 km East Northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, still outside PAR.
It packs a maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center and gusts up to 255 kph. It slowed down as it continues to move westward at 20 kph. As per PAGASA’s tropical cyclone intensity scale, Mangkhut is still categorized as a typhoon, but can potentially become a super typhoon.
It is forecast to be 805 km East of Virac, Catanduanes by tomorrow morning. By Friday morning, 605 km East of Baler, Aurora and is anticipated to be within the vicinity of Aparri, Cagayan by Saturday. Mangkhut is expected to leave PAR by Sunday morning.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal #1 (TCWS#1) may be hoisted over Eastern Luzon as early as tonight or early morning tomorrow. It may make a landfall as it traverses the Cagayan-Batanes area around Saturday.
The effects of Mangkhut or Ompong will be felt until Sunday. Heavy rains and strong winds are possible over Northern Luzon and parts of Central and Southern Luzon. Surrounding seas will be rough to very rough. It may enhance the southwest monsoon or “Habagat” which will bring occasional rains over Palawan, Mindoro Provinces and Western Visayas by Friday and Saturday.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Neneng (international name: Barijat) maintains its strength as it moves Westward. It is already outside PAR and has no direct effect in any part of the country.