(Eagle News)–Typhoon “Mangkhut” has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
PAGASA said “Mangkhut,” which is now called “Ompong,” entered PAR as of 3 p.m.
A thunderstorm warning has been hoisted over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon; and over Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Batangas, Laguna and Bataan.
An advisory has also been hoisted over San Mateo, Tanay and Antipolo in Rizal.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA had said “Ompong” was forecast to traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area on Saturday, with winds around 205 to 255 kilometers per hour, and a peak intensity of 220/270 kph on Thursday.
A tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 may also be raised over eastern Luzon this afternoon.
According to PAGASA, very strong winds, storm surges over coastal areas and heavy to intense rains directly associated with the typhoon are possible in Cagayan and Isabela on Friday, Sept. 14 and in northern Luzon on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Occasional moderate to heavy rains due to an enhanced southwest monsoon are also possible in the Zamboanga Peninsula, northern Mindanao, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Lanao del Sur on Wednesday, Sept. 13; in Palawan, Bicol Region, and Eastern Visayas on Thursday, Sept. 14; in Palawan, Zamboanga, Western Visayas and Central Visayas on Friday, Sept. 15; and in Palawan, Zamboanga and Western Visayas on Saturday, Sept. 16.
The rest of Luzon and Metro Manila may experience light to moderate rains with occasional heavy rains starting Friday.