Saturday, September 22, 2018

Storm chasers in Cagayan to document 'Ompong'

CAGAYAN. James Reynolds, founder of Earth Uncut TV, is in Cagayan province to document Typhoon Ompong in this photo grabbed from his Twitter account on September 14, 2018. (James Reynolds Twitter)

STORM chaser James Reynolds is again in the Philippines to document another monster typhoon.

Reynolds, founder of Earth Uncut TV which documents extreme forces of nature and natural disasters, is in Santa Ana, Cagayan province in northeast Luzon to document Typhoon Ompong (international name Mangkhut).

Based on his Twitter post on Friday, September 14, strong winds were starting to batter the province as of 6 p.m.

Cagayan and northern Isabela have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) Number 4 as of 4 p.m. Friday.

Read: Signal number 4 raised in Cagayan, northern Isabela

Here are Reynolds' latest posts on Twitter:

Reynolds also documented Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name Haiyan) as it made landfall in Tacloban City, Leyte in November 2013.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the eye of Ompong was located at 340 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

It is still packing maximum winds of 205 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 255 kph. It accelerated Friday afternoon, moving northwest at 30 kph.

Another storm chaser, Josh Morgerman, has also arrived in the country to document Ompong.

Based on his Twitter posts, Morgerman arrived in Manila Friday morning. As of 6:30 p.m., he was still racing to northeast Luzon.

Ompong is forecast to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela area early morning of Saturday, between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. (MVI/SunStar Philippines)