MANILA - The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council was verifying casualty reports in areas affected by Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut).
Director Edgar Posadas, in a press briefing Friday, said they are still verifying reports of casualties, one in Bicol region, and another one in another area.
"We have reports of possible casualties but we have still to verify kung they are related to the current typhoon Ompong," he said.
Posadas also said around 4 million residents will affected by the typhoon. The number will change depending on the typhoon track.
State weather bureau PAGASA placed Cagayan and northern Isabela under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 4 as winds of 171 to 220 kilometers per hour (kph) were expected to be felt within the next 12 hours.
The typhoon is likely to make landfall around 4 a.m. Saturday, PAGASA weather specialist Gener Quitlong and ABS-CBN resident weather specialist Nilo Millanes said.
Ompong, the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, slightly gained speed and is now moving northwest at 30 kph from 25 kph Friday afternoon, PAGASA said.
As of 4 p.m., Ompong was last spotted 340 kms east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, still packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kph with 255 kph gusts.