Another supertyphoon spares PH
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Philippines is again spared from another supertyphoon, as Typhoon Paeng (international codename Nuri) continues to veer away from the country.
Paeng attained supertyphoon status overnight, and as of 5 am Philippine time Monday, November 3, had maximum sustained winds of up to 155 knots (287 km/h) and gusts of up to 190 kt (352 km/h), according to the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
Philippine state weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, said that as of 10:30 am Monday Paeng had maximum sustained winds of 205 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 240 km/h.
The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), meanwhile, labeled Paeng/Nuri as a "violent" typhoon.
Satellite imagery from the US NOAA showed the typhoon having a well-defined eye as it moves across the Philippine Sea.
Current forecasts point to Paeng/Nuri becoming the year's strongest storm, but is still unlikely to surpass the intensity of November 2013's Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), Mashable said.
The JTWC predicts the typhoon might reach maximum sustained winds of up to 170 kt (315 km/h) and gusts of up to 205 kt (380 km/h) by noon Philippine time Monday. It is then expected to weaken as it moves over cooler waters of the northwest Pacific.
PAGASA said the typhoon is moving towards the north northeast, at a speed of 15 km/h – moving away from the Philippines. It is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday, November 4.
Forecast tracks from the JTWC and the JMA indicate that Paeng/Nuri will likely move further northeast. There is a potential for the typhoon to hit Japan, AccuWeather noted.
Paeng/Nuri follows another supertyphoon, typhoon Ompong (Vongfong), which also spared the Philippines and hit Japan in early October.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon will affect parts of northern Luzon, bringing partly cloudy skies with isolated rain to the area, while Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.
The rest of the archipelago will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies, accompanied by isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. – Rappler.com