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Coast Guard discourages sea travel as super typhoon nears


The Philippine Coast Guard  (PCG)  Zamboanga Station yesterday warned fisherfolks and seafarers who wish to travel or go fishing to watch closely the entry of Super Typhoon “Ompong” with an international name Mangkhut.

PCG Zamboanga Station chief Lt./Cmdr. Noriel Ramos said that based from satellite monitoring, the super typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and particularly hit the Northern part of the Philippines on Friday, September 14.

The tropical cyclone is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 259 kilometers per hour with gusts reaching almost 315 kph, according to the local PAGASA.

Ramos said the coast guard office is already monitoring since yesterday  the track of the super typhoon as it threatens the entire country.

The present track of "Ompong" threatens Northern Luzon and may traverse the Cagayan-Batanes area, PAGASA said, while the Mindanao region is still vulnerable to any devastation because the diameter of the typhoon measures around 600 kilometers. Its outer bands may also affect the entire Mindanao region.

“We are already issuing a warning to small crafts to refrain from navigating and fishing because it will be very dangerous for them. Mas mabuting ipagpaliban muna nilang mangisda hanggat makaalis na sa bansa ang super typhoon na ito,” Ramos said.

The Zamboanga City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (ZCDRRMO) yesterday morning raised the highest alert level as “Ompong” (Mangkhut) streaks towards the Philippines.

Mangkhut will intensify the southwest monsoon (habagat) which will cause rains over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga. Abra, Ilocos Norte, Batanes and the Babuyan islands. (SS)

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