THE weather bureau yesterday said that after making landfall, typhoon Ompong continued to weaken while heading out of the archipelago although 29 areas remained under storm signals.
Ompong hit landmass at 1:40 a.m. in Baggao, Cagayan and was already 85 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte at 1 p.m. yesterday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) however said that the typhoon still posed a threat to areas of Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Batanes, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, La Union, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao and Abra which were still under storm signal number 3.
The threat extended to Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan. Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Quirino, Pampanga, Bulacan under signal number 2 and areas under signal number 1 such as Bataan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Lubang Island and northern part of Quezon including Polillo Island which will continue to experience stormy weather.
Ompong was expected to exit last night but the typhoon-enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat) will continue to bring gusty winds with occasional moderate to heavy rains in areas over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, ARMM (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao), MIMAROPA (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan), and Bicol Region.
Scattered light to moderate to at times heavy rains are also expected over Eastern and Central Visayas.
PAGASA advised residents in these areas especially those living near river channels, in low-lying areas and in mountainous places to prepare for possible flooding and landslides.
In coastal areas, the weather bureau warned of possible storm surge up to 6 meters even as it called on fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture out to sea in areas still under storm signals.