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‘Ompong’ slows down

PAGASA warns of storm surge from Typhoon Ompong.



Typhoon “Ompong” has slightly slowed down as it continues to move westward over the Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.

The typhoon continues to threaten Northern Luzon, where it is expected to make landfall in the northern Cagayan on Saturday morning, 15 September, according to PAGASA.

Ompong has a maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph as it moves westward at 20 kph, the weather bureau said.

Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over the areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1, said PAGASA. These areas are Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan group of Islands, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Isabela, Benguet, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon inc. Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao island.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1, the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao.

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