Typhoon Ferdie set to leave PAR on Wednesday
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) is set to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 14, after making landfall in Itbayat, Batanes at 12:15 am the same day.
In its bulletin issued 8 am on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Ferdie will exit PAR between 11 am and 1 pm.
It was last spotted 150 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes, moving west northwest at a slightly slower 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 220 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h.
Batanes, which was placed under signal number 4 earlier, is now under signal number 3.
Signal number 2, meanwhile, is raised over the following:
- Babuyan Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- northern Cagayan
Signal number 1 is also up in these areas:
- rest of Cagayan
- northern Ilocos Sur
PAGASA warned residents of areas under warning signals to watch out for the effects of the rain and very strong winds. Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 600-km diameter of the typhoon.
Meanwhile, Severe Tropical Storm Gener (Malakas) intensified into a typhoon early Wednesday morning.
In its bulletin issued 5 am, PAGASA said Typhoon Gener now has maximum winds of up to 130 km/h and gustiness of up to 160 km/h.
Gener is 1,110 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, moving west northwest at 24 km/h.
It is not expected to make landfall but it will enhance the southwest monsoon. – Rappler.com
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