MANILA - Typhoon "Ineng" (international name "Goni") has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday afternoon.
In its 5 p.m. weather advisory, PAGASA said Ineng was last spotted 1,305 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph, and moving west northwest at 25 kph.
Speaking to radio dzMM, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that if Ineng maintains its speed and direction, it may make landfall in the Batanes area by Friday.
According to Quitlong, Ineng still has no direct effect on any part of the country.
However, the southwest monsoon or habagat is bringing rains over Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao, he said.
The following areas, meanwhile, are being affected by a thunderstorm, according to PAGASA's advisory issued at 4:59 p.m.: Bulacan, Metro Manila (Manila, Navotas, Caloocan, Malabon), Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Luisiana, Majayjay), Nueva Ecija (Gen Tinio), Quezon (Real, Gen Nakar), and portion of Pampanga.
Thunderstorm is also expected over Bataan, Batangas, Cavite and other areas of Metro Manila and Laguna within the next two hours, PAGASA said.