MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Weather bureau PAGASA said typhoon "Huaning" has slightly weakened as it continued its west-northwest movement towards the Taiwan-Batanes area.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon is packing winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 210 kph.
It was last spotted 580 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.
Storm signal number 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes group of islands.
In Taiwan, more than 2,000 tourists have been evacuated as the island braced for the typhoon (international name: Soulik) with authorities warning of fierce winds and torrential rains.
The typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday.
Rains are expected across the Philippines because of the typhoon’s effect on the southwest monsoon.
Areas like Baguio, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Baler, Aurora, Pampanga, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and Legaspi have chances for light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms on Thursday.
Samar, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Antique and Roxas City will experience partly cloudy to mostly cloudy conditions with slight drizzles to isolated light rains or thunderstorms.
Boracay will continue to be partly to mostly cloudy with light rains by noon that could extend to the evening.
Friday has early morning drizzles with episodes of sunshine during the day while Saturday has the island under a shade with light rain during the day and drizzles by late afternoon.
Majority of Mindanao has improved conditions although there continues to be a possibility for isolated showers in northern Mindanao, Soccskargen, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.
For Friday and Saturday, Metro Manila will experience partly to mostly cloudy skies with the possibilities for light drizzles in the afternoon or evening. -- With a report from ANC