By Alexandria Dennise San Juan
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) continues to monitor a potential super-typhoon approaching the country.
As of Monday morning, “Typhoon Mangkhut” (international name) was located at 2,440 kilometers east of Southern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 170 kph while moving west at 30 kph.
PAGASA Weather Specialist Meno Mendoza said morning that Mangkhut does not have any direct effect on the country’s weather since it is still outside the Philippine area of responsibility ( PAR).
However, Mendoza that the typhoon can possibly reach a peak intensity of more than 205 kph as it continues to gather strength at sea. It is expected to entering PAR on Wednesday.
Mangkhut will be locally called “Ompong” and is expected to bring heavy rains when it passes over Cagayan and Batanes on Saturday, PAGASA forecasters said.
Based on current monitoring, Mendoza said Mangkhut will weaken as it exits the country between Saturday and Sunday.
PAGASA Weather Specialist Gener Quitlong said in a radio interview that Mangkhut might reach the strength of a super typhoon like “Jebi” that lashed Japan last week.
PAGASA said that Mangkhut will need to have maximum sustained winds of over 220 kph to be classified as a super typhoon.