Manila, Philippines – Typhoon Ompong maintains its strength as it moves towards Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
As of 4:00 am today, the eye of the typhoon is located in the vicinity of Banggao, Cagayan where it made a landfall at around 1:40 am.
Ompong is moving West Northwest at 35kph. It packs a maximum sustained winds of 200 kph near the center and gusts up to 330 kph.
The tropical cyclone is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday morning, September 16.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS) are still raised in the following areas:
- Ilocos Norte
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
- Northern Isabela
- Southern Isabela
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- Mountain Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Northern Aurora
- Nueva Ecija
- Southern Aurora
- Northern Quezon including Polillo Island
- Rest of Quezon
- Lubang Island
- Camarines Norte
The state weather bureau alerts residents to watch out for storm surges. There are possibilities for a 5- to 6-meter storm surge in the areas of Cagayan and Ilocos Norte; 3-meters in Isabela; and at least 2-meters in La Union, Ilocos Sur, Pangasinan.