MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Typhoon Ineng (international codename Goni) has maintained its strength on Thursday afternoon, August 20, as it continues to move closer to the northern edge of Luzon.
As of 4 pm Thursday, Ineng was located 310 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 170 km per hour near the center and wind gusts of up to 205 km/h, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its latest severe weather bulletin.
The typhoon is expected to move west northwest at a speed of 11 km/h.
Public storm warning signal number 3 is in effect over Batanes and northern parts of Cagayan, including the Babuyan and Calayan island groups. These areas should expect winds between 121-170 km/h in the next 18 hours.
Signal number 2 has been hoisted over the following areas:
- Rest of Cagayan
- Northern Isabela
- Ilocos Norte
These areas will experience winds between 61-120 km/h in the next 24 hours.
The following areas, meanwhile, are under signal number 1:
- Rest of Isabela
- Northern Aurora
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Mountain Province
- La Union
- locos Sur
These areas will experience winds between 30-60 km/h within the next 36 hours.
Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the typhoon’s 600 km diameter, and the storm is forecast to move west at a slower speed of 13 km/h.
PAGASA forecasts Ineng to make a sharp curve towards the north as it moves closer to the Calayan-Batanes area over the weekend.
Landslides and flashfloods are possible in areas under storm warning signals. Residents should be on alert for these, the bureau added.
Cagayan’s coastal areas should be on the lookout for storm surges of up to 2.5 meters.
The next bulletin on Ineng will be issued at 11 pm Thursday. – Rappler.com
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