MANILA - Typhoon Ompong, which continues to gain speed and strength, will bring thunderstorms over Metro Manila on Friday and throughout the weekend, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
The typhoon was last sighted 780 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes and is moving westward at 30 kph, according to PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez.
The center of the storm is expected to barrel towards northern and central Luzon before making landfall, while Metro Manila is likely to only be affected by its "outermost periphery," which is about 500 kilometers away from the eye, he said.
"Lahat, basta within the storm periphery ay kailangang maging handa sa pagdating ng bagyo," he told radio DZMM.
The capital will feel Ompong's effect anytime on Friday, and the weather bureau is not ruling out the possibility of raising storm signal 1 over the area, said Perez.
He said Ompong can further strengthen and develop into a supertyphoon before it makes landfall. Earlier estimates say Ompong may directly hit Cagayan on Saturday morning.
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