Typhoon ‘Urduja’ leaves PH

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Typhoon Urduja is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the state weather bureau said on Thursday.

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PAGASA said as of 4 a.m. today, the eye of Typhoon Urduja was located 855 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It is forecast to move north at 9 kph.

However, PAGASA said sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

PAGASA said Urduja is expected to be 890 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes or at 190 km east-southeast of Okinawa Thursday afternoon.

Urduja will bring rainfall of 10 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700-km diameter, it added.

Weather forecaster Samuel Duran said the agency continues to monitor a typhoon outside the country but its path shows it is not likely to enter the PAR.

He added if it does not change course, it is not likely to enter the PAR.

For Thursday forecast, Duran said that parts of Northern Luzon including regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with passing light rains until Thursday due to the northeast monsoon.

The rest of the country including Metro Manila, he noted will have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible afternoon or evening rains due to localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, moderate to strong winds from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northwest to west with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA also said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Urduja may affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. PNA

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