- Typhoon Mangkhut or Ompong is set to arrive in the Philippines this week
- Text messages that Ompong will pack winds of 240 to 306 kph circulated in Luzon
- A PAGASA representative opened up about the rumor
Weather bureau PAGASA finally released a statement regarding the text messages being spread in Luzon regarding the arrival of Mangkhut or Ompong, a potential supertyphoon.
KAMI learned that a PAGASA representative debunked the rumors that Ompong will bring 240 to 306 kph from Thursday to Sunday.
"It's a hoax. We don't know yet how strong the typhoon will be," weather forecaster Ezra Bulquerin informed ABS-CBN News.
"We are expecting on Thursday cloudy skies and scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the whole Luzon. The western sections of Visayas and Mindanao will also have the effect of the enhanced southwest monsoon, which could bring to moderate to occasionally heavy rains," Bulquerin told ANC's Dateline Philippines.
Although the exact strength of Ompong has not yet been determined, it definitely has the potential to be a supertyphoon – with sustained winds of 220 to 250 kph.
Typhoon Maymay or Jebi, which recently wreaked havoc in Japan, packed winds of 250 kph.
The supertyphoon caused at least 11 deaths and over 600 injuries in Japan.
Today our hosts Andre and Roi are going to test how physical appearance of a man affect the help he gets from other people in the Philippines. During this social experiment, they both will ask people to let them stay in their places for some period. – on KAMI HumanMeter YouTube channel!