Update:'Huaning' maintains strength, speed towards Batanes-Taiwan area

July 11, 2013 11:45 pm 

MANILA July 11 — Typhoon "Huaning" has maintained its strength as it moves in the general direction towards the Batanes-Taiwan area, the state weather forecaster said on Thursday.

Weather Forecaster Ricky Fabregas said that as of 4:00 p.m. the eye of typhoon "Huaning" was located at 690 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes

Fabregas added that "Huaning" has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 220 kph.

He said that typhoon "Huaning" continues to move west northwest at 20 kph as it passes above the extreme Northern Luzon before heading to Taiwan, where it is expected to make landfall.

Fabregas said that public storm warning signal number one still hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands.

"Huaning” will spawn 10-46 mm per hour millimeter per hour of rain – heavy – torrential–within its 800-kilometer diameter.

He said the typhoon is still not expected to make landfall in the country, but would still bring rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat.”

He said the western sections of Visayas and Luzon including Metro Manila should brace for monsoon rains starting Friday afternoon.

Fabregas said light to moderate rains should be expected in these areas until Saturday.

He added "Huaning" would continue to move at west northwest at 20 kph with this speed and should leave the country by Saturday.

“Huaning” was forecast to move 410 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday afternoon.

It is expected to be at 540 km North Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) or at 170 km Northwest of Northern Taiwan by Saturday afternoon.

The weather agency advised fishermen specially those using small sea craft not to venture out into the Northern and Eastern Seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by the typhoon. (PNA)



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