• Update: Typhoon Henry gains strength as it moves towards Batanes, Taiwan

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    Typhoon “Henry” has gained strength as it traverses east of Batanes towards Bashi Channel, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.

    In its 11:00 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m. the eye of typhoon Henry was located based on all available data at 170 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes.

    Henry’s maximum sustained winds increased from 130 kph to 140 near the center and gustiness also rose from 160 kph to 170 kph.

    Typhoon “Henry” continues to move northwest at 24 kph.

    With its speed and movement, Typhoon “Henry” is expected to be at 470 km Basco, Batanes or outside the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday morning.

    The Batanes Group of Islands remains under public storm warning signal No. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hrs) while storm warning signal No. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours) was hoisted over Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands.

    PAGASA said these areas are expected to have gusty winds with moderate to occasionally heavy rains. It also warned residents under public storm warning signals against possible flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains.

    Typhoon “Henry” is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over Ilocos Region, CAR and Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience monsoon rains.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon.

    It added fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to the winds brought by typhoon. PNA

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