Duterte leads command conference on Typhoon Ompong

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 13) — President Rodrigo Duterte adjusted his schedule on Thursday so he can lead the command conference on the government's preparation for Typhoon Ompong.

He is set to hold a meeting with weather, disaster, and other government officials at the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council operations center on Thursday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte will be in NDRRMC to "make sure that our state of readiness for Ompong will be at its highest level."

Weather bureau PAGASA said Ompong, with its wide radius and outer rainbands, and the southwest monsoon will bring scattered rains in Palawan and the Bicol region starting Thursday. Rains may trigger flooding and landslides. Visayas and Mindanao will also experience the same conditions.

Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut) was seen 725 km east of Virac, Catanduanes at 10 a.m. It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 205 kph and gusts of 255 kph. Its center winds could possibly reach around 220 kph, the strength of a super typhoon, with gustiness of up to 270 kph as it moves over water. Ompong is moving west at 20 kph.

Signal No. 1 is raised in 26 areas in Luzon and Visayas.

It is expected to make landfall in Northern Cagayan on Saturday morning.