MANILA (UPDATE) – A potentially destructive typhoon entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
PAGASA said the typhoon, locally named "Urduja" (international name Francisco), was spotted 1,130 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 a.m. today.
Urduja was still packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 195 kph.
It is forecast to move north northwest at 13 kph. At this rate, the typhoon will be 940 kms east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes on Wednesday morning and outside PAR on Thursday morning.
Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas said like typhoon "Tino" (international name Wipha), Urduja will not make landfall in the Philippines and instead head towards Japan.
Dadivas said the typhoon was enhancing the northeast monsoon (amihan), resulting in rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.
PAGASA said the coastal areas on the seaboards of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Isabela) should experience 3.4 to 5.5 meters of waves.
The coastal areas on the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon (Aurora, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, eastern coast of Albay, eastern coast of Sorsogon and eastern coast of Quezon, including Polillo Island), meanwhile, should experience 3.4 to 5 meters of waves.