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MANILA - Typhoon "Ompong" (international code name "Vongfong") is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its 11 a.m. advisory on Friday, PAGASA said Ompong has maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.
It was last spotted 785 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes.
The typhoon, moving north at 13 kph, is expected to be outside PAR by Saturday afternoon, and in the vicinity of the southern islands of Japan by Sunday morning.
PAGASA said Ompong is not expected to make landfall nor directly affect any part of the country.
However, it is enhancing the northeasterly winds resulting to rough to very rough sea conditions over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon as well as the eastern seaboard of Luzon and of Visayas.
Fisherfolks and those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards, the weather bureau said.