Typhoon Paeng slightly enhancing monsoon in Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Paeng (Trami) was hardly moving on Tuesday afternoon, September 25, as it slightly enhanced the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.
In a Facebook Live video at 5 pm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Paeng is now 715 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, almost stationary in that spot.
The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 200 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 245 km/h.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, and signals are unlikely to be raised given Paeng's path away from land.
But the southwest monsoon, slightly enhanced by Paeng, is expected to trigger light to heavy rain in the Zamboanga Peninsula and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao. Flash floods and landslides are possible.
Light to moderate rain could also hit Northern Luzon on Friday, September 28. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
PAGASA also warned that sea travel remains risky in the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.
A gale warning was issued at 5 pm on Tuesday for Batanes, the Babuyan Group of Islands, Calayan, the northern coast of Cagayan, the northern coast of Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Aurora, the eastern coast of Cagayan, the eastern coast of Sorsogon, the eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar.
Seas off those areas are rough to very rough, with wave heights reaching 2.8 meters to 4.5 meters.
PAGASA advised fishermen and others with small vessels not to set sail in areas covered by the gale warning. Larger vessels should watch out for big waves.
Based on its latest forecast track, Paeng could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday, September 29.
Paeng is the Philippines' 16th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
Parts of Luzon are still reeling from the impact of Typhoon Ompong (Mangkhut), which left over a hundred people dead and caused destruction in provinces up north. Dozens of people remain missing. (READ: Areas under state of calamity due to Typhoon Ompong)
PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com