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Super Typhoon Mangkhut intensifies as it heads for PH

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Mangkhut (international name) will continue to affect "habagat" or the southwest monsoon as it nears the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday morning.
Palawan, western Visayas and the western section of Mindanao will experience monsoon rains while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience isolated rainshoweres and thunderstorms.

At 3 a.m., Mangkhut was located 1,390 kilometers east of Luzon with maxium sustained winds of up to 200 kph and gusts of up to 245 kph. It is forecasted to move west at 15 kph.

The weather disturbance is expected to enter the country's jurisdiction within the day. It will be called "Ompong" once it enters PAR.

Senior weather specialist Chris Perez said Mangkhut has not changed its forecast track as it is expected to pass through the northern Luzon area.

Meanwhile, tropical storm Bajirat (local name Neneng) was last located 550 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes with winds up to 85 kph and gusts up to 105 kph.

It is forecasted to move west at 15 kph and will no longer have direct effect to the country.

The United States' Joint Typhoon Warning Center has upgraded Mangkhut to a super typhoon.

Typhoon Mangkhut is feared to gain strength as it approaches the Philippine area of responsibility. The tropical cyclone will be named "Ompong" once within the country's vicinity.

The United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center records that "Mangkhut" has maximum sustained winds of 80 knots or 148 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kilometers per hour as of Monday morning.

Forecast track of the cyclone shows that it is heading toward the northernmost tip of the country's water off northern Luzon by Friday.

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