MANILA: Typhoon “Huaning” has weakened but maintained its speed and direction as it moves towards the Taiwan-Batanes area, the state weather forecaster said on Friday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Alvin Pura said the typhoon’s wind strength has decreased from 185 kilometers per hour (kph) Thursday afternoon to 165 kph Friday morning, while its gustiness from 220 kph to 200 kph.
Pura said the typhoon will still enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring “light to moderate rains” in the western sections of Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila, starting “Friday evening or Saturday morning.”
“Masyadong malayo pa rin ito sa landmass natin kaya walang direktang epekto sa ating bansa,” he noted.
“Pero habang lumalakas ito at gumagalaw pataas papuntangTaiwan, unti-unti na nitong hihilahin at palalakasin ang hanging habagat (southwest monsoon) na magdadala ng mga pag-ulan sa kanlurang bahagi ng Visayas at Luzon, kasama na ang Metro Manila,” he added.
He also said the monsoon rains in these areas is expected to last until Sunday.
As of 6 a.m. Friday, the eye of the typhoon was spotted 460 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (22.7°N, 126.4°E) moving west northwest at 20 kph.
Pura said that Public storm warning signal number one remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands.
If it maintains its speed and direction, “Huaning” is expected to be at 370 km north of Itbayat, Batanes town by Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon, it is expected to be at 520 km north northwest of Itbayat, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Since the cyclone is passing over the sea, Pura said the typhoon will intensify before it exits the Philippine territory and headstowards Taiwan, where it is still expected to make landfall.
The state weather bureau advised fishermen, especially thoseusing small boats, not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon while “Huaning” is still within PAR due to big waves generated by the typhoon.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Batanes Group of Islands will experience rains with gusty winds. Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added that the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the West to Southwest will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon and Eastern Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the West to Southwest with slight to moderate seas.