‘Om­pong’ main­tains strength

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Manila - More than 30 ar­eas in the coun­try have been placed on Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Warn­ing Sig­nal (TCWS) Num­ber 1 as Ty­phoon Om­pong (Mangkhut) con­tin­ues to threaten north­ern Lu­zon while main­tain­ing its strength Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Septem­ber 13.

As of 4 p.m. Thurs­day, the eye of Om­pong was lo­cated at 575 kilo­me­ters east north­east of Virac, Catan­d­u­anes, still pack­ing max­i­mum winds of 205 kilo­me­ters per hour (km/h) near the cen­ter and gusts of up to 255 km/h.

The ty­phoon was fore­cast to move west north­west at 25 km/h, said the Philip­pine At­mo­spheric, Geo­phys­i­cal and As­tro­nom­i­cal Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion (Pagasa).

Pagasa added that Om­pong is ex­pected to make land­fall in Ca­gayan-Is­abela area on Satur­day early morn­ing (Septem­ber 15). On Fri­day morn­ing, the ty­phoon is ex­pected to be at 360 kilo­me­ters east of Casig­u­ran, Aurora.

Ar­eas placed un­der TCWS Num­ber 1 as of 5 p.m. Thurs­day are Batanes, Ca­gayan in­clud­ing Babuyan group of Is­lands, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Moun­tain Prov­ince, Ifu­gao, Is­abela, Benguet, Pan­gasi­nan, La Union, Ilo­cos Norte, Ilo­cos Sur, Quirino, Nueva Viz­caya, Aurora, Pam­panga, Bataan, Zam­bales, Tar­lac, Nueva Ecija, Bu­la­can, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batan­gas, La­guna, Que­zon inc. Po­lillo Is­land, North­ern Oc­ci­den­tal Min­doro, North­ern, Ori­en­tal Min­doro, Mas­bate, Ca­marines Norte, Ca­marines Sur, Catan­d­u­anes, Al­bay, Sor­so­gon, Burias and Ti­cao is­land, and North­ern Sa­mar.

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