You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Preemptive evacuation in Cagayan, full alert in Aurora ahead of Ompong landfall

GMA News Online logo GMA News Online 9/13/2018 Bordadora, Norman
PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez points to the location of incoming Typhoon Mangkhut on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The typhoon, which is moving at a speed of 20 kph westward with sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gustiness of 245 kph is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday and will be named "Ompong." GMA News © GMA News PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez points to the location of incoming Typhoon Mangkhut on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. The typhoon, which is moving at a speed of 20 kph westward with sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gustiness of 245 kph is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday and will be named "Ompong." GMA News

The local government of Cagayan has started its preemptive evacuation measures as Ompong (international name: Mangkhut) enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon.

"Kanina may preemptive evacuation na na inutos ang island municipality and island barangays namin even in the coastal areas," Rogie Senbing, officer from the Cagayan Provincial Information Office, said in a phone interview on Balita Pilipinas.

"Pinakilos po ng gobernador ang makinarya ng buong probinsya, lahat po ng line agencies, may predeployment na ng heavy equipment, prepositioning po ng mga relief goods ng food and non-food items sa coastal areas," he added.

According to Senbing, there are 10,000 residents in the coastal areas in Calayan and Babuyan.

Senbing said the local government was preparing for possible storm surges.

"Napagusapan ang storm surge na 'yan sa pakikipagugnayan sa mga eksperto sa PAGASA... May history kasi sa Cagayan na nagkaroon ng storm surge nitong nakaraang mga taong nakalipas," Senbing said.

PAGASA earlier said that Ompong would make landfall in Cagayan by Saturday.

Meanwhile, the local government of Aurora is already under full alert, according to the head of its Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO).

"Binigyan na namin ng anunsiyo 'yung walo naming munisipyo para maghanda po sila sa parating na supertyphoon," said Elson Egargue in a separate interview.

"Meron na kaming ginawang advise, kasi pitong munisipyo, naka-ano sa shoreline, sa coastline kaya inabisuhan na namin... lahat cancelled na mga activities pati surfing kasi nagdeclare na rin ang Region III na red alert na," he added.

As of 3 p.m., PAGASA spotted Ompong at 1,165 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

PAGASA previously warned that Ompong could become a super typhoon. —Anna Felicia Bajo/NB, GMA News

More From GMA News Online

GMA News Online
GMA News Online
image beaconimage beaconimage beacon