Super Typhoon or not, Mangkhut is expected to hit Northern Luzon in the coming days.
At 3 a.m., Mangkhut was located 1,390 kilometers east of Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gusts of up to 245 kph. It is forecasted to move west at 15 kph.
Typhoon Mangkut, to be named locally into Ompong once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility, has maintained its strength as it travels nearer to the country.
Mangkhut will bring forth strong winds and rains over the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, Abra, Batanes and Ilocos Norte.
PAGASA also added that storm signal warning advisory may be released as earlay as Thursday in the area of Cagayan Valley.
Senior weather forecaster Alczar Aurelio said Mangkhut will likely to make landfall over the Cagayan-Batanes area. Moreover, the current southwest monsoon will be enhanced by Mangkhut that would bring forth rains over Southern Luzon.
Mangkhut is expected to be felt in Northern and parts of Central Luzon on Thursday.
“While it is still far, we urge the public to prepare for this typhoon. Look for safe areas as heavy rains may trigger flooding and landslides. It is also expected to bring strong winds,” Aurelio said.
Because Mangkhut still has to travel in the waters of the Pacific Ocean, it could still intesify into a super typhoon. If the storm will reach a maxumum sustained winds of 220 kph, then this would be a super typhoon, according to PAGASA.
Based on the latest forecast by the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center, Mangkhut is likely to cross the Babuyan Group of Islands on Saturday morning with a strength of 240 kph near the center.
The Philippine government started mobilizing for the preparation of the possible impact that this supertyphoon would bring forth.
Office of Civil Defense Director Edgar Posadas said the government has alotted P1.7 billion as a stand-by fund for the areas that will possibly experience bad weather because of the typhoon.
“The DSWD [Department of Social Welfare and Dev’t] as of this time are ready with P1.7 billion worth of standby funds. The DILG [Department of Interior and Local Gov’t] also briefed us on their readiness on information dissemination,” he said.
PAGASA forecasted the eye of the storm would be located at 1,620 km East of Southern Luzon on Tuesday. Mangkhut would be located at 1,115 km East of Virac, Catanduanes on Wednesday night. As it draws closer, the typhoon would be just within 390 km East of Aparri, Cagayan on Friday evening.
“Upon approach to the threatened area (Saturday, early morning), the expected maximum sustained winds is around 205 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h. The typhoon may traverse the Cagayan – Batanes area around Saturday (15 September). Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) # 1 may be raised over the Cagayan Valley Region (Region 2) as early as Thursday (13 September) or 36 hours prior to closest approach (TCWS #1). Widespread moderate to heavy rains directly associated with the Typhoon is possible by Friday (14 September) over Northern Luzon especially over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes.”, according to PAGASA.
Advance Suspension of Classes
Dagupan City Mayor Belen T. Fernandez already announced the suspension of classes in ALL LEVELS (Kindergarten to College and Graduate level) in Dagupan City on September 14, 15, 2018, according to her official FB account.
By virtue of the authority vested in me by law, and upon recommendation of the City Disaster and Risk Reduction Council, I, Mayor Belen T. Fernandez hereby declare the suspension of classes in ALL LEVELS (Kindergarten to College and Graduate level) in Dagupan City on September 14, 15 ,2018 due to the possible adverse impact of potential supertyphoon to the safety of our children.
The residents are urged to prepare and take the necessary precautions. Pls make sure to prepare your food water medicine hygiene kit flashlights .
Issued: 9/11/18 at 5pm.