MANILA: Typhoon “Huaning” has gained strength but maintains its speed and movement in a west northwestward direction, the state weather forecaster said on Thursday.
PAGASA said that as of 10:00 a.m. the eye of Typhoon Huaning is located at 810 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (22.0°N, 132.0°E).
PAGASA said Huaning has increased its maximum sustained winds from 175 kilometers per hour (kph) Thursday morning to 185 kph before noon while its gustiness from 210 kph to 220 kph.
Huaning continues to move west northwest at 20 kph as it passes above extreme Northern Luzon before heading to Taiwan, where it is expected to make landfall.
The weather agency said that public storm warning signal number one is still hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands.
“Huaning” will spawn 10- to 46-mm per hour of rain (heavy to torrential) within its 800-kilometer diameter.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said the typhoon is not expected to make landfall in the country, but will still bring rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat.”
He said the western sections of Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila should brace for monsoon rains starting Friday afternoon. Loiz said light to moderate rains should be expected in these areas until Saturday.
Loiz added Huaning continues to move at west northwest at 20 kph with this speed is expected to leave the country by Saturday.
“Huaning” was forecast to move 450 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning.
The typhoon is expected to be at 490 km north of Itbayat, Batanes or 80 km northwest of northern Taiwan and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday morning.
The weather agency advised fishermen specially those using small seacraft not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by Typhoon “Huaning.” (PNA)