'Ineng' slows down; 9 areas still under storm signals

TYPHOON Ineng has slowed down and maintained its strength as nine areas in the country remain under Public Storm Warning Signals, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Thursday evening.

The Batanes Group of Islands and Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands remain under signal number 2, while Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Mt. Province are still placed under signal number 1.

The weather bureau said Typhoon Ineng was located at 550 kilometers (km) east of Calayan, Cagayan as of 10 p.m. Thursday, August 19.

The typhoon maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 180 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215kph. However the typhoon has slowed down moving west at 15kph from 20kph.

The weather bureau said Typhoon Ineng will bring moderate to heavy rainfall amount within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon, while the enhanced Habagat, that is currently affecting Palawan and Visayas, will result to possible occasional rains over the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila beginning Thursday until early next week.

Pagasa warned coastal areas of possible storm surge with open sea wave height of 4.1 to 14 meters.

It also said that sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Luzon and seaboards of Northern and Eastern Samar.

The weather bureau expects the typhoon to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday evening, August 22 at 560 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes. (Nicko Tubo/Sunnex)

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