Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Ompong maintains it course as it moves closer to Cagayan and Isabela.
As of 7:00 PM, the eye of Typhoon Ompong was locate at 260 km East Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora. It maintains its strength and carries maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph. It slightly accelerated while maintaining its direction Northwest at 30 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 4 is hoisted over four areas in Luzon – Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Apayao and Abra. A very intense typhoon is expected to severely affect the locality. Winds of greater than 171 kph up to 220 kph may be expected in at least 12 hours.
Residents in the areas under Signal No. 4 are advised to cancel travels and outdoor activities. Likewise, evacuation to safer shelters should have been competed.
The situation is potentially very destructive to the community, as it will be very likely hit by the eye of the typhoon. Storm surges of 5-6 meters maybe expected.
Typhoon Ompong is expected to make a landfall at dawn of September 15, Saturday, at around 1:00-2:00 AM.
Signal No 3 was raised in Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, southern Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Northern Aurora. Areas under this warning signal may experience winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph in at least 18 hours.
Meanwhile, the following areas are placed under Signal No. 2 – Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, southern Aurora, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands. Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.
Metro Manila, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, rest of Quezon, Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Northern Oriental Mindoro, Masbate, Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Burias and Ticao Islands are still under Signal No. 1.
Storm signals are currently lifted in Visayas and Mindanao.
TY Ompong is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday afternoon.