Storm Signal No. 2 up in Batanes, Cagayan

MANILA – The Batanes Group of Islands and Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, are now under Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 as Typhoon Ineng maintained its strength, the weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, the eye of Typhoon Ineng, with international name Goni, was located based on all available data at 800 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan or at 815 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan.

It has maximum sustained winds of 180 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

Ineng continues its westward movement at 23 kph, moving closer toward extreme northern Luzon.

Areas under Signal No. 2 are expected to experience winds of up to 61-120 kph in at least 24 hours.

The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 700 kilometers diameter of the typhoon.

Meanwhile, an enhanced southwest monsoon (habagat) will be felt in Palawan and the Visayas, Pagasa said, while occasional rains over the western section of Luzon, including Metro Manila, are possible in the coming days.

Pagasa said sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Luzon.

Here are Ineng's forecast positions, according to Pagasa:

u2022 24 hour (Thursday morning): 340 km east of Calayan, Cagayan.

• 48 hour (Friday morning): 120 km east Southeast of Basco, Batanes.

• 72 hour (Saturday morning): 130 km north of Basco, Batanes.

• 96 hour (Sunday morning): 375 km north of Basco, Batanes.

• 120 hour (Monday morning):(outside Philippine area of responsibility) 715 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Wave heights in the open sea are estimated to be between 4.1-14.0 meters.

Storm surge is possible in coastal areas, Pagasa said.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 has been hoisted in Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra and Ilocos Norte.

Areas under Signal No. 1 are expected to experience winds of up to 30-60 kph in at least 36 hours.

Wave heights in the open sea are estimated to be between 1.25-4.0 meters.

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin on Ineng to be issued at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Pagasa said. (Jad A. Conde/Sunnex)

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