Ompong won’t directly hit Iloilo, says Pagasa

Typhoon Ompong will not directly hit Iloilo and the rest of the Western Visayas region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Michael Viola of Pagasa-Iloilo said Ompong (int’l name: Mangkhut) is too far to affect Iloilo.

The eye of the typhoon, based on the latest weather bulletin released by Pagasa, was last spotted 855 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, moving west at a slightly faster 30 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 20 km/h.

Although Ompong has no direct effect on the region, Pagasa advised the public to remain cautious and prepared.

Viola said Ompong would enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is expected to bring heavy rains over Iloilo and other parts of the region.

The typhoon entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 12.

Pagasa said Ompong has the possibility to develop into a super typhoon.

Ompong is now packing maximum sustained winds of up to 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph.IMT