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Heavy Downpour Caused By Typhoon Ompong Starts This Thursday (September 13), NDRRMC Says

TYPHOON OMPONG – The NDRRMC said on Wednesday that we will face heavy rainfall this Thursday (September 13) due to Typhoon Ompong enhancing Habagat.

Following up in the previous report, in which PAGASA reported Typhoon Ompong, previously known as Mangkhut has slightly intensified as it travels across the Philippine territory.

Ompong is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

As of the moment, PAGASA raised Signal No. 1 in the following areas :

  • Cagayan;
  • Isabela;
  • Kalinga;
  • Mt. Province;
  • Ifugao;
  • Nueva Vizcaya;
  • Quirino;
  • Burias;
  • Ticao Island;
  • Aurora;
  • Quezon, including Polillo Island;
  • Camarines Norte;
  • Camarines Sur;
  • Albay;
  • Sorsogon; and
  • Catanduanes

Meanwhile, according to NDRRMC, Ompong will also enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat), which in turn will bring rains over the following:

  • Visayas;
  • MIMAROPA
  • Zamboanga peninsula;
  • Northern Mindanao; and
  • CARAGA

NDRRMC Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said that as the typhoon approaches, it is expected to bring heavy rain. He added that the expected  landfall will be on the early morning of Saturday but we will already feel the heavy rain today (Thursday).

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“Kung tatama man siya sa lupa, expected landfall is early morning of Saturday. Pero ‘yung malakas na pagulan, Friday pa lang mararamdaman na even Thursday,”

Jalad further noted that a preemptive evacuation of residents, especially in flood-prone areas, must begin later on this day, further saying that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is already releasing advisories to local government units for evacuation measures.

“Kailangan natin ngayon ‘yung (–foul word(s) removed–)sment kung magkakaron ba talaga ng storm surge. Kailangan mabilis magdecide ‘yung local chief executive kung kailangan na ba magevacuate,” he further added.

Jalad also mentioned that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is already considering prepositioning more relief goods to some areas.

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