MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) may already be in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), but it will not make landfall in the country.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Sunday, September 11, state weather bureau PAGASA said Ferdie was last spotted 1,280 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. It is moving west northwest at 22 kilometers per hour (km/h), staying above Luzon.
Ferdie has maximum winds of up to 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h. Since the typhoon is too far from land, however, there are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals.
Based on its forecast track, Ferdie will leave PAR on Wednesday, September 14.
The two previous tropical cyclones which entered PAR right before Ferdie – Typhoon Dindo (Lionrock) and Severe Tropical Storm Enteng (Namtheun) – also did not make landfall in the country.
Meanwhile, light to moderate rain and thunderstorms are expected in Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, and Palawan on Monday, September 12.
The rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have just isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA also said coastal waters in Luzon will be moderate to rough, with moderate to strong winds. – Rappler.com