PHOTOS: Typhoon Ompong strips the roof off Gadu National High School in Nangalisan Extension, Solana, Cagayan at 10:19 am, September 15, 2018. The windows and ceilings were also dismantled. | Bryan Lacanlale
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The weather bureau PAGASA has lifted tropical cyclone signal number 4.
Based on PAGASA’s 10:00 a.m. forecast, the eye of the typhoon was located at 30 km West of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, packed with maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 260 kph. It is moving westward at a speed of 25kph.
PAGASA lowered typhoon signal number 4 to 3 in:
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
- Ilocos Sur
- Ilocos Norte
- La Union
- Mountain Province
Residents will still experience winds greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph in the next least 18 hours.
Meanwhile, signal number 2 is still up in:
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
Residents will still experience winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, signal number 1 is still raised over:
- Metro Manila
- Lubang Island
- Northern Quezon incl. Polillo Island
Residents will still experience winds of 30 kph to 60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
Meanwhile, the Ompong- enhanced southwest monsoon or habagat will bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM, MIMAROPA and Bicol Region while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains over Eastern and Central Visayas.
A possibility of a storm surge of up to 6 meters is highly possible in Ilocos Norte and up to 2 meters in Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas with tropical cycle warning signal. – Marje Pelayo (SOURCE: PAGASA)