- There are some citizens who have started to think that Ompong is not a big deal due to the sunny weather today in some areas in Luzon
- However, the NDRRMC warned that this was also the case for typhoon Yolanda back in 2013
- That typhoon caused the deaths of over 6,000 people
Edgar Posadas, the spokesman for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), gave a warning to those who might be belittling typhoon Ompong due to the sunny weather today in some areas of Luzon.
KAMI learned that he advised the public to remain vigilant as Ompong draws closer to Luzon.
In a report by GMA-7 News, Posadas recalled the 2013 typhoon Yolanda since it was also sunny the day before it wrecked the Visayas region and caused the deaths of over 6,000 people.
"'Yung reports kanina maaraw pero 'yun din ang panawagan ko kanina. Sabi ko 'wag tayo magpapakasigurado. Kasi remember 'yung Yolanda, the day prior, mainit at maaraw pero noong kinabukasan 'yun na 'yung delubyo…
"We are seeing 'yung lakas nito, 900 kilometers 'yung diameter nito. If I'm not mistaken, Yolanda was just 600 kilometers," he explained.
As of this writing, 24 areas have been placed under signal number 1.
Ompong currently packs winds of 205 kilometers per hour and around 255 km/h of gusts.
In a previous report by KAMI, PAGASA stated that Ompong’s heavy rain could match or exceed that of Ondoy while its storm surge could also surpass that of Yolanda.
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