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Typhoon Ompong (Vongfong) Becomes Super Typhoon, PAGASA Announced

Source: PAGASA,

Typhoon "Ompong" (International name: Vongfong) strengthened further after entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and has become a "super typhoon," according to the Hawaii-based weather bureau Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Though Ompong has gained strength, it is still too far from land for it to directly affect the weather in the country.

According to the 11 p.m. bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), Ompong was last tracked at 1,270 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City with maximum winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gustiness reaching up to 250 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 17 kph.

If Ompong doesn't change course and speed, it will remain far from land until it exits the PAR on Saturday.

Though it is not expected to make landfall, it will bring big waves to several coastal areas.

"[Ompong] is expected to enhance the northeasterly winds which will result to rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon," Pagasa said.

Pagasa issued gale warnings over Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, eastern seaboard of Albay, Sorsogon, and Quezon including Polillo Island.

Fishermen and those with small seacraft are warned not to venture out into the sea because waves of as high as 3.5 to 4.5 meters may be encountered.

At 2 a.m., Pagasa issued a rainfall advisory over parts of the Zamboanga Peninsula, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Basilan, Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Tawi-Tawi and Sulu.

Residents in these areas are advised of possible landslides or flashfloods because light to moderate rainshowers lasting from two to three hours may fall.