Typhoon enters Philippines, may turn into super tyhoon

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Sunday, July 17, 2011

A TYPHOON has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11:30 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported Typhoon Ineng was spotted 1,240 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Typhoon Ineng continues to move north northwest at 24 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

In a radio interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said Ineng might become a super typhoon but will not stay longer within the PAR.

It is expected to be at 1,300 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes or at 620 kilometers east northeast of Okinawa, Japan.

While the Pagasa warned the weather disturbance is still far to affect any part of the country, it said though Ineng is expected to enhance southwest monsoon that will bring occasional rains in Visayas and Mindanao.

Last Saturday, Tropical Depression Hanna has left the Philippines and is expected to merge with Ineng in Japan in the following days. (Sunnex)

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