MANILA (UPDATED) - Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 is still raised over Batanes as typhoon Betty continues to move slowly over the sea east of the province, the state weather bureau said.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Betty was last located 320 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is now moving northward slowly, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center, with gusts of up to 160 kph.
Signal No. 2 is still raised over Batanes, which has been experiencing strong winds and moderate to heavy rainfall due to the typhoon.
Signal No. 1, meanwhile, is hoisted over the following areas:
- Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
- Northern and eastern portions of Isabela (Santo Tomas, Santa Maria, Quezon, San Mariano, Dinapigue, Delfin Albano, San Pablo, Ilagan City, Benito Soliven, Tumauini, Cabagan, Palanan, Quirino, Divilacan, Gamu, Maconacon, Naguilian, Mallig)
- Eastern portion of Ilocos Norte (Piddig, Bangui, Vintar, Marcos, Pagudpud, Banna, Adams, Carasi, Dingras, Solsona, Dumalneg, Nueva Era)
- Northern portion of Kalinga (City of Tabuk, Balbalan, Pinukpuk, Rizal)
- Northeastern portion of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Malibcong)
PAGASA said from Tuesday until Wednesday night, 50 to 100 millimeters of rain was expected over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra and the western portion of Benguet.
Betty is expected to continue moving slowly northward until Wednesday before gradually accelerating north northeastward by Thursday.
It may exit the Philippine area of responsibility by late Thursday to Friday early morning.
Betty is likewise expected to steadily weaken over the next 5 days due to "cooler ocean waters (caused by upwelling of cooler waters in its wake), dry air intrusion, and increasing vertical wind shear", and may be downgraded into a severe tropical storm by late Thursday or early Friday, PAGASA said.
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