Typhoon Paeng weakens further, maintains track away from PH
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Paeng (Trami) weakened further on Wednesday morning, September 26, as it continued moving slowly in a direction away from the country.
In a bulletin issued 11 am on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Paeng now has maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 170 km/h and gustiness of up to 195 km/h from the previous 210 km/h.
The typhoon is located 735 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, slowly moving north toward Japan.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, and signals are unlikely to be raised given Paeng's path away from the Philippines.
But light to moderate rain could 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 and in the eastern seaboard of the Visayas.
A gale warning was issued at 5 am on Wednesday 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