‘End of the world’: Terror in the path of Ompong
TUGUEGARAO, Cagayan: Bebeth Saquing has seen dozens of storms in her lifetime, but nothing prepared her for the terror of Typhoon “Ompong” (international name: Mangkhut) as it roared over her home Saturday, packing gustiness of more than 250 kilometers per hour.
The most powerful storm to hit the region so far this year left a trail of battered homes, landslides and fallen trees in its wake.
as the typhoon smashed across the rural north of the country, a farming area home to millions.
“It felt like the end of the world... that was stronger than Lawin,” said Saquing, 64, referring to a powerful super typhoon which hit the region in 2016.
“I did not sleep,” she told Agence- France Presse ( AFP) by phone from her home on Luzon, which withstood Ompong’s pounding.
Evidence of the massive storm’s passage was everywhere on Saturday.
Wind-struck power poles bent