• ‘Ompong’ changes course, may be out of PAR Saturday


    Typhoon “Ompong” has change its movement from westward to northward and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m. the eye of Typhoon “Ompong‬” was 940 km east southeast of Calayan, Cagayan (18.9ºN, 130.4ºE) packed with maximum winds of 215 kph and gustiness of up to 250 kph.

    He said so far Ompong is the strongest tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

    Since the typhoon is still too far to affect the country and is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country, no public storm warning signal has been raised in any part of the country, he said.

    He added the typhoon’s movement — north northwest at 9 kph — will likely follow the track of typhoon “Neneng” as it heads toward southern Japan by Saturday.

    Mendoza said they issued a gale warning as typhoon Ompong continues to enhance northeasterly windflow resulting to rough to very rough sea conditions over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Luzon and of Visayas.

    “Fisherfolks and those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards”, PAGASA warned.

    For Thursday forecast, Mendoza said that most parts of the country will continues to experience cloudy skies with rainshowers.

    Mendoza said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Mindanao will bring light to moderate rainshowers over Visayas and Mindanao.

    He also said that Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol Region will also experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms due to wind convergence.

    He added that Ompong continues to enhance the northeasterly windflow which will bring light to moderate rainshowers over Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5–25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and from west to southwest over the rest of the country.

    The coastal waters over the entire archipelago will be will be moderate to rough. PNA


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