MANILA - Several areas are still under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 3 even as Typhoon Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) has made its way outside the Luzon landmass, the state weather bureau said Saturday afternoon.
The strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, Ompong continues to move west northwest at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour, PAGASA said in its 2 p.m. weather update.
Ompong continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 170 kph and gusts of up to 260 kph. As of 1 p.m., the typhoon's center was spotted at 85 kms west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
The following typhoon warning signals remain hoisted over these areas:
SIGNAL NO. 3
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
- Ilocos Sur
- Ilocos Norte
- La Union
- Mountain Province
SIGNAL NO. 2
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
SIGNAL NO. 1
- Metro Manila
- Lubang Island
- Northern Quezon including Polillo Island
PAGASA warned of possible storm surges of up to 3 meters high in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur, and up to 2 meters high in La Union and Pangasinan.
Ompong will also continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, MIMAROPA, and the Bicol Region.
Scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains will, meanwhile, prevail over Eastern and Central Visayas.
Ompong is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by early Sunday morning, PAGASA said.
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