International weather bureau reported that the Super Typhoon Vongfong (Bagyong Ompong) is the worst typhoon to hit Japan for the year 2014. The super typhoon has intensified further, with maximum sustained winds of about 180 miles per hour (289 kph.), and gusts higher than 200 miles per hour (321 kph.) putting Vongfong among the strongest storms on record, based on a satellite estimate.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center noted that Super Typhoon Vongfong is now equivalent to a high-end Category 5 storm, and it is forecast to intensify further during the next six hours, until it has winds of about 195 miles per hour.
According to estimates of Vongfong’s strength is equivalent to Super Tyhoon Haiyan that devastated the Philippines in 2013. Super Typhoon Vongfong has reached meteorological perfection, and hence peak destructiveness, as it churns across the warm waters of the Western Pacific Ocean toward Japan.
Meanwhile, according to the Philippines weather bureau, PAGASA, as of 4:00 AM today, October 8, 2014, the eye of Bagyong Ompong was located based on all available data at 1,161 km East of Tuguegarao City, with maximum winds of 215 kph and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 17 kph.
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will also affect most part of Southern Philippines particularly in the areas of Mindanao. According to PAGASA, Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, ARMM and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Cagayan Vallen, CAR and the provinces of Ilocos and Aurora will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.