A typhoon in the Pacific Ocean with the international name Phanfone approaching the Philippines will pass near Batanes but will not hit land, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.
As of 10 a.m., according to Pagasa, the typhoon (local name: Neneng), was 1,385 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes, packing winds of 175 kilometers per hour gusting to 210 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph.
If it maintains its speed and direction, the typhoon will be 1,180 km northeast of Itbayat or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday morning, and on its way to southern Japan.
It will bring bring an estimated rainfall of 7.5 to 30 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700-km diameter.
Phanfone is expected to enhance the northeasterly winds, resulting in rough to very rough seas over the eastern and northern parts of Luzon this weekend.
Pagasa said Bicol, the Visayas and Mindanao will be rainy for the next three days.
The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains.
Pagasa expects two or three storms to affect the country this month.
It said the next cyclone will be named Ompong.