MANILA (UPDATE) – Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands as typhoon "Huaning" maintained its strength, weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday night.
PAGASA said Huaning was spotted 1,030 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 p.m.
The typhoon was packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
It was bringing heavy to intense rains within its 800-kilometer diameter, but PAGASA said the typhoon is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines.
Huaning was seen moving west northwest at a speed of 20 kph. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday morning.
PAGASA said the typhoon’s effect on the southwest monsoon may bring rains to the western section of the country.
Monsoon rains are also expected in Metro Manila in the afternoon and evening.