MANILA—Fewer areas are under tropical cyclone warning signal no. 4 as Typhoon Ompong makes its way out of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday night.
The strongest typhoon to hit the country this year, Ompong continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 195 kph. It had reached peak winds of more than 200 kph before landfall early Saturday.
It continues to move northwest at a speed of 25 kph, PAGASA said in its 8 p.m. weather update.
At 7 p.m., the typhoon's center was spotted at 240 kms west northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
The following typhoon warning signals remain hoisted over these areas:
SIGNAL NO. 3
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
SIGNAL NO. 2
- Cagayan including Babuyan group of islands
- Mountain Province
SIGNAL NO. 1
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
Ompong will also continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), expected to bring gusty winds with scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Western Visayas and MIMAROPA.
Ompong is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday night, PAGASA said.
The typhoon left a trail of devastation in northern Luzon, bringing down communication and power lines, ripping roofs off homes, damaging other structures and destroying crops.