Source: Meteorological Satellite Center of JMA www.data.jma.go.jp
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) has now entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).
As of 3:00 p.m. Wednesday (September 12), weather bureau PAGASA located the eye of the cyclone at 1,165km east of Virac, Catanduanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gustiness of up to 255kph.
It is moving westward at the speed of 20kph.
PAGASA said the southwest monsoon or habagat is now affecting southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced in Palawan, Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao while isolated rain showers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
The eye of typhoon Ompong is expected to make landfall somewhere in Cagayan or in the Babuyan group of islands by Saturday (September 15).
However, since the diameter of the typhoon measures at 900km wide, it is expected to affect and bring torrential rains and strong winds to the northern and most parts of Central Luzon.
Storm surges estimated to reach up to six meters are expected along the coast of eastern and northern Cagayan. – Rey Pelayo / Marje Pelayo
‘Ompong’ death toll climbs to 81 – PNP
Aerial view of the housing community in Baggao, Cagayan, where Typhoon Ompong, internationally known as Super Typhoon Mangkhut made its first landfall
QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The number of deaths in the wake of Typhoon Ompong has now risen to 81, based on the latest count from the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Records at the PNP National Operations Center in Camp Crame revealed that as of Wednesday morning (September 19), additional six deaths were recorded in the landslide area in Barangay Ucab in Itogon, Benguet, bringing the tally to 66 in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).
This brings the partial total count as follows:
Cagayan Valley (Region 2): 10
Central Luzon (Region 3): 3
Ilocos (Region 1): 1
Meanwhile, the number of missing persons is now at 70 with the following breakdown:
Ilocos Region: 2
— UNTV News and Rescue
Hong Kong residents relieved as clean up continues after super typhoon
Hong Kong Victoria Harbor | REUTERS
Workers in Hong Kong continued the cleanup and repair operation on Tuesday (September 18) after a typhoon, dubbed the “King of Storms”, struck over the weekend.
Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 54 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.
The city has been trying to clear scores of felled trees and bamboo scaffolding which have been blocking roads and on Monday contributed to severe disruption to commuters. Some buildings, including the One Harbourfront office tower, had many windows smashed after a day in which some of the city’s skyscrapers had swayed with the ferocious gusts.
Residents said they were relieved that public transportation has resumed.
The China Meteorological Administration said Mangkhut was one of the 10 biggest storms to hit southeast China since 1949 – when records began – with wind speeds at around 162 km/h. — Reuters
DA sets ‘mercy mission flights’ to help Ompong-ravaged areas
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Agriculture (DA) is set to launch ‘mercy mission flights’ to help areas in Luzon that were ravaged by Typhoon Ompong.
According to Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, the mission will use a 727 cargo plane lent by a businessman who is friends with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“It will be a test flight actually because they also would like to check how much it would cost them to bring fruits and other perishable food items from the distant places production areas of the country to the population centers like Metro Manila,” he said.
The mission flights, set to take off on Thursday (September 20), will transport food products to Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region. — Charlie Barredo