‘Onyok’ now a typhoon, intensifies as it nears exit

  • Typhoon “Onyok” further intensifies as it gradually exits the Philippines.
  • It has not made landfall in any parts of the country but will still continue to bring occasional heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands.
  • Pagasa has issued the following precautionary measures in light of the weather disturbance

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon “Onyok” (international name: Mitag) has slightly intensified on Monday evening as it slowly exits Philippine territory.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) located Onyok at 320 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes as it headed for the sea east of Taiwan.

It had stronger winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph as it moved north at 20 kph.

Tonight, the rainbands of Onyok will still bring occasional light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains and gusty conditions over Batanes, Pagasa said.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal 1 remains raised over Batanes and Babuyan Islands, which means that there is very light or no damage to low-risk structures, but slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.

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Sea travel is risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards of areas under Signal 1and the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.

Onyok is not expected to make landfall in the country throughout the forecast period and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight or tomorrow early morning.

Pagasa has issued the following precautionary measures in light of the weather disturbance:

  • When the tropical cyclone is strong or is intensifying and is moving closer, this signal may be upgraded to the next higher level.
  • The waves on coastal waters may gradually develop and become bigger and higher.
  • The people are advised to listen to the latest severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA every six hours. In the meantime, business may be carried out as usual except when flood occurs.
  • Disaster preparedness is activated to alert status.

Source: PAGASA


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