'Gener' becomes typhoon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 30 2012 06:10 PM | Updated as of Jul 31 2012 04:30 PM

MANILA, Philippines (1st UPDATE) - "Gener" has gained strength and become a full-fledged typhoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, the typhoon was measured to be packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Gener is now brining estimated rainfall amount from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700 km diameter.

Public storm signal number 3 has been raised over the Batanes group of islands, while signal number 2 is hoisted over Cagayan, the Calayan group of islands, and the Babuyan islands.

Signal number 1 is raised over Isabela, Kalinga, and Apayao.

The typhoon was spotted 260 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes as of 4 p.m. and is moving north-northwest at 7 kph.

It is forecast to be 210 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday afternoon.

The typhoon is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and Visayas especially the western section, PAGASA said.

The weather bureau advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

"Likewise, those living in coastal areas under Public Storm Warning Signal #3 and #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," PAGASA said.

It advised fishing boats and other small seacraft to avoid to sea in Luzon and the Visayas due to the combined effect of the typhoon and the southwest monsoon.

3 dead, 28,000 affected

The typhoon has killed 3 people and affected more than 28,000 people, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) said Monday.

6 other people from Sablayan town in Occidental Mindoro and Rosario, Cavite are missing, according to NDRRMC executive director Benito Ramos.

The fatalities were identified as Teodoro Flores in San Pablo City, Ronald Necor in Antique, and Ernest Flores, who died in Alaminos, Laguna.

The typhoon has affected 28,751 people from Metro Manila, Regions III, IV-A, IV-B and VI, Ramos said.

Classes and work in government offices have also been suspended because of heavy rains brought about by the typhoon.