More regions placed under Signal No. 4 before Typhoon 'Ompong' makes landfall

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Moderate rains over Sta. Ana, Cagayan as Typhoon Ompong looms in Eastern Luzon as of 8:10 a.m., September 14.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 14) — Abra, Apayao, the Babuyan group of islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Kalinga and Northern Isabela have been placed under Signal No. 4 hours before Typhoon Ompong's landfall.

Signal No. 4 classifies winds of more than 185 kilometers per hour (kph) that can uproot big trees and severely damage buildings.

Batanes has been placed under Signal No. 3, along with Southern Isabela, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Qurino and Northern Aurora.

Ompong is expected to make landfall in Cagayan between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Big waves of up to six meters or as high as a two-storey building are expected along the coastlines of Cagayan, Isabela and Ilocos.

Based on the weather bureau's update, Ompong has accelerated further to 30 kph as it barrels northwest.

The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 205 kph, and gustiness of up to 255 kph.

Thousands of residents in Northern Luzon have evacuated in anticipation of the possible onslaught of Ompong. Several domestic flights and sea travel have been called off. The Philippine Coast Guard said over 4,800 passengers were stranded in ports as of Friday morning. Classes were also suspended.

Moderate to occasionally heavy rains are expected in Metro Manila during the weekend, PAGASA said.

Other storm warning signals have been raised all over the country:

Signal No. 2

  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Southern Aurora
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • Northern Quezon (including Polillo Island)

Signal No. 1

  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Metro Manila
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Quezon
  • Northern Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island)
  • Northern Oriental Mindoro
  • Marinduque
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Burias and Ticao Islands

Signal No. 1 has been lifted for Northern Samar, Masbate and Sorsogon.

PAGASA said the southwest monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by the typhoon will also bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Visayas while scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains are expected over Palawan, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga.

PAGASA reminded residents, especially those in low-lying areas and in mountainous areas, to take caution against possible flooding and landslides.

Ompong was last seen 190 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan at around 10 p.m. today.

The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility as early as Saturday afternoon.