MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Julian slightly intensified on Wednesday afternoon, October 5, as it continued to approach extreme Northern Luzon.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Julian now has maximum winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
It is located 305 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes, still moving west at 25 km/h.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 300-km diameter of the tropical depression.
Signal number 1 remains raised over Batanes, northern Cagayan including the Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.
PAGASA said Julian is expected to pass close to the Batanes-Babuyan area on Thursday morning, October 6.
Batanes experienced the effects of 3 typhoons last month – Ferdie (Meranti), Gener (Malakas), and Helen (Megi). Relief and recovery operations are ongoing in the province.
With Julian inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), PAGASA also warned small seacraft not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon.
Julian is expected to leave PAR on Thursday.