• ‘Hanna’ maintains strength, to exit Saturday


    Typhoon “Hanna” has maintained its strength as it continues to move at the out-skirts of Batanes province, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

    The weather bureau said as of 4 p.m. Thursday, “Hanna” was located at 715 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 kph.

    Storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over Batanes province, including Itbayat, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

    The weather agency said the typhoon is forecast to be 290 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes this afternoon and is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday afternoon.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 700-km diameter of the typhoon.

    Fisherfolks were advised not to venture out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Palawan, the Visayas and Mindanao.

    Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon or “hangin habagat” is affecting the MIMAROPA region (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Visayas and Mindanao.

    For the next 24 hours, PAGASA said monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced over Mindanao, the Visayas, MIMAROPA and the province of Masbate.



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