Rainy weather will prevail in most parts of the country except Mindanao on Saturday due to the presence of southwest monsoon and Typhoon “Ineng”, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In its weather update bulletin, PAGASA said Ineng has slightly weakened and is now moving towards Batanes group of islands.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 7 a.m. the eye of typhoon Ineng was located base on all available data at 135 km northeast of Calayan, Cagayan (20.0°N, 122.5°E).
The typhoon’s maximum sustained winds has weakened from 170 kilometer per hour to 160 kph while its gustiness also went down from 205 kph to 195 kph.
Loiz said the typhoon’s movement is north northeast at 9 kph, with this movement it is expected to recurve and exit the country by Monday towards Japan.
He added the typhoon has slim chance to make landfall but will move near in Batanes.
Loiz also said while the typhoon moves closer to Batanes, public storm warning signals have been lifted in some parts of Luzon.
The provinces of Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands are still under signal no. 3 (winds of 101-185 kph expected in at least 18 hours).
PAGASA said Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte are still under signal no. 2 (winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours).
Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in at least 36 hours) is still hoisted over the rest of Isabela, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, and Ilocos Sur.
PAGASA alerted residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under storm warning signals against possible flash floods and landslides while storm surges of up to 2.5 meters are possible along the coastal areas of Cagayan.
Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over the seaboard of Pangasinan and La Union, seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas.
The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 600-km diameter of the typhoon.
Loiz said that typhoon-enhanced “habagat” is expected to bring rains over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will also experience occasional rains.
For Saturday forecast, PAGASA said stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Apayao and Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands while rains with gusty winds over the provinces Isabela, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra and Ilocos Sur.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao, PAGASA said.
It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west over the rest of Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country. The coastal waters over the rest of the archipelago will be moderate to rough.
The state weather bureau also issued gale warning due to the effects of southwest monsoon and Typhoon Ineng as the sea condition will be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas.