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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Huaning (Soulik) maintained its strength, as the state weather bureau kept the Batanes Group of Islands under Storm Warning Signal No. 1.
In its 5 am update Thursday, July 11, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Huaning packed maximum winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 210 km/h.
It was located 910 km east of Itbayat, Batanes (22.0°N, 132.0°E) as of 4 am Thursday.
PAGASA, as in its 11 pm update Wednesday, July 10, kept Batanes under Signal No. 1. This means the islands will experience winds of 45 to 60 km/h within 36 hours. The bureau didn’t raise storm signals in other areas.
Huaning will move in a west-northwest direction at 20 km/h, PAGASA said. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Saturday, July 13.
It is forecast at the following areas in the next few days:
- 550 km northeast of Itbayat by Friday morning, July 12;
- 420 km north of Itbayat by Saturday morning; and
- 710 km northwest of Itbayat by Sunday morning, July 14, or outside the PAR.
PAGASA will issue its next update on Huaning at 11 am on Thursday. – Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler.com