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ZamPen to experience rains due to “Ompong”, habagat


The local Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday disclosed that Typhoon Ompong with international name “Mangkhut”  continues to gain strength and is bearing winds of 205 kph near the center as it draws near the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

“Ompong” is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or Habagat, which is currently affecting Palawan, Western Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula.

The entire Zamboanga Peninsula will occasionally experience moderate to heavy rains due to enhanced southwest monsoon particularly tomorrow Friday and Saturday.

Monsoon rains are expected over the rest of the country including Metro Manila in the coming days as “Mangkhut” moves towards the country.

PAGASA forecasts heavy rains will be experienced the most in provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte and Batanes.

Very strong winds, storm surges over the coastal areas and heavy to intense rains associated with the cyclone is possible by Friday and Saturday.

Yesterday, with the recommendations of Mayor Beng Climaco, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office declared the cancellations of classes in all levels in Zamboanga City.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Zamboanga Station disclosed that there were no cancellations of boat trips to the various provinces yesterday because the sea water was still normal.

Coast Guard Zamboanga Station commander Lt./Cmdr. Noriel Ramos said they are also in constant check with the various skippers and boat captains who very well know the behavior of the sea waters particularly huge waves and strong winds.

Moreover, his command is also in close coordination with PAGASA and the CDRRMO for the latest weather bulletin. (SS)

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