Signal#3 raised over Isabela due to Typhoon Ompong

Signal#3 raised over Isabela due to Typhoon Ompong

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – More areas are now placed under tropical cyclone warning signal as Typhoon Ompong draws near the country.

On Friday (September 14), weather agency PAGASA raised signal#3 over the province of Isabela with warnings of possible storm surges of up to 14 meters high.

Meanwhile, signal#2 is up in Batanes and Cagayan including:

Babuyan group of islands;

Ilocos Norte;

Ilocos Sur, Apayao;

Abra;

Kalinga;

Mountain Province;

Ifugao;

La Union;

Benguet;

Nueva Vizcaya;

Quirino;

Pangasinan;

Nueva Ecija;

Aurora;

and Tarlac.

Strong winds and heavy rains may be expected in the said areas in at least 24 hours with possible storm surges of 4 to 14 meters high.

Meanwhile, tropical cyclone signal#1 is now raised over the following areas:

Pampanga;

Bataan;

Zambales;

Bulacan;

Rizal;

Metro Manila;

Cavite;

Batangas;

Laguna;

Quezon including Polillo Island;

Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island;

Northern Oriental Mindoro;

Masbate;

Marinduque;

Camarines Norte;

Camarines Sur;

Catanduanes;

Albay;

Sorsogon;

Burias and Ticao Island;

and Northern Samar in the Visayas.

Torrential rains may be expected in the said areas in at least 36 hours.

As of 4:00 a.m. today, PAGASA monitored Typhoon Ompong at 655km East of Infanta, Quezon, packed with maximum sustained winds of 250kph and gustiness of up to 255kph. It is moving towards the west-northwest direction at a speed of 20kph.

The eye of typhoon Ompong is expected to make a landfall in Cagayan-Isabela region on Saturday morning (September 15).

Ompong-enhanced habagat, however, will bring moderate to heavy rains in most parts of Visayas, Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga region. Landslides are highly possible in these areas.

Gale warning is up in the coastal areas where tropical cyclone signal is raised including along the eastern section of Visayas and Mindanao where shipping vessels are advised to defer from sailing offshore. #INGATKAsangbahay– Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo

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