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Signal No. 2 in Isabela as 'Ompong' bears down on northern Luzon
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Signal No. 2 in Isabela as 'Ompong' bears down on northern Luzon

MANILA, Philippines, September 14 ------ Signal No. 2 has been raised in Isabela as the 900km-wide Typhoon "Ompong" (international name: Mangkhut) begins to make its wrath felt in northern Luzon Thursday night. State weather bureau PAGASA said Ompong continues to threaten northern Luzon as it moves westward at a slightly slower pace of 20 kilometers per hour and still packing maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kilometers per hour. As of 10 p.m., Ompong is expected to make landfall at Cagayan-Isabela on Saturday morning.

The center of Ompong was estimated to be 485 km East of Northeast of Virac, Cantanduanes. During their earlier briefing, PAGASA said that for Tropical Storm Ondoy in 2009, the observed rainfall within 24 hours in Quezon City was 455 mm while for Ompong, the predicted rainfall in Baguio will be 550.9 mm.

The areas under Signal No. 1 as of 10 p.m. were:

Batanes
Cagayan including Babuyan group of Islands
Apayao
Abra
Kalinga
Mountain Province
Ifugao
Benguet
Pangasinan
La Union
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Quirino
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Ecija
Bulacan
Rizal
Metro Manila
Cavite
Batangas
Laguna
Quezon including Polillo Island
Northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
Northern Oriental Mindoro
Masbate
Marinduque
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Albay
Sorsogon
Burias and Ticao island

Source: philstar.com