Typhoon Huaning maintains strength, speed
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MANILA -- Typhoon Huaning has maintained its strength and speed as it continues moving in a west northwestward, the state weather forecaster said on Thursday.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 5 a.m. the eye of Typhoon Huaning was located at 900 km east of Itbayat, Batanes (22.1°N, 131.8°E).
He added that Huaning was packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 210 kph. It was moving west northwest at 20 kph.
He also said that public storm warning signal number one is still hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands.
Loiz said that Huaning is expected to further intensify as it passes above extreme Northern Luzon before heading to Taiwan, where it is expected to make landfall.
“Inaasahan natin na lalakas pa ito dahil nasa dagat pa rin ito at hindi pa tumatama sa lupa,” he noted.
Loiz explained that a cyclone can be considered a “super typhoon” if its maximum sustained winds reach 200 kph and above with gustiness of up to 250 kph and above.
“Kaya lang walang category na `super typhoon’ ang Pagasa... Hanggang ‘typhoon’ lang,” he noted.
Huaning will spawn 10- to 25-millimeter per hour of rain -- heavy to intense -- within its 800-kilometer diameter.
Loiz said the typhoon is still not expected to make landfall in the country, but will still bring rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat.”
He said the western sections of Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila should brace for monsoon rains starting Friday afternoon.
Loiz said light to moderate rains should be expected in these areas until Saturday.
He added that Huaning continues to move at west northwest at 20 kph with this speed is expected to leave the country by Saturday.
Huaning was forecast to move 550 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning.
It is expected to be at 420 km North of Itbayat, Batanes by Saturday morning and by Sunday morning at 710 km Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes or outside the PAR.
In its advisory, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Batanes Group of Islands will experience rains with gusty winds while the regions of Cordillera, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga, and the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Marinduque, and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Pagasa also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon and coming from the west to southwest over Eastern Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
It added that light to moderate winds coming from the west to southwest will prevail over Mindanao and the rest of Visayas and from the northwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate.
The weather agency advised fishermen specially those using small seacraft are not to venture out into the Northern and Eastern Seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by Typhoon Huaning.
Huaning is the first cyclone to visit the country this month.
Pagasa still expects at least two more storms to affect the country before the month ends.