• Typhoon Urduja to exit by Thursday morning


    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Wednesday said that typhoon “Urduja” has maintained its strength but has no direct effect and may exit the country by Thursday.

    However, weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said that sea travel is still risky over the seaboards of northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to the surge of the northeast monsoon which is being enhanced by “Urduja.”

    Figuracion said the areas that may be affected by heavy seas include Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Isabela; Aurora; Camarines, Catanduanes, and the eastern coasts of Albay, Sorsogon, and Quezon including Polillo Island.

    “Kaya pinapayuhan namin ang mga mangingisda dito na huwagmunang pumalaot,” he added.

    He reiterated that Urduja is still not expected to make landfall.

    As of 4:00 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was spotted some 1,000 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (23.8ºN, 131.9ºE) with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

    It is forecast to move West Northwest at 11 kph, slower than the 13 kph on Tuesday.

    With its continued speed and movement, PAGASA weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said Urduja is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning.

    For Wednesday forecast, PAGASA said that Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley may be “partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light rains.”

    It added that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds from the northeast to north will prevail over Luzon and coming from the north to northwest over the eastern section of Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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


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