'Maring' moves to West Philippine Sea


Posted at Sep 13 2017 06:11 AM | Updated as of Sep 13 2017 12:57 PM

Tropical Storm Maring is now over the West Philippine Sea after causing massive floods in Luzon and other parts of the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday morning.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Maring was last spotted 270 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales.

It is currently packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph, with gusts of up to 90 kph.

Its is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.

All tropical cyclone warning signals have been lifted.

The storm left at least five people dead and six others missing in floods and landslides that hit Luzon.

Meanwhile, Typhoon Lannie is now 610 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

China's meteorological agency said the tropical cyclone, with international name Talim, could intensify into a supertyphoon as it continues to churn towards Taiwan, and Zhejiang and Fujian provinces on the Chinese mainland.

Talim is expected to hit the north and northeast parts of Taiwan the hardest on Wednesday and into Thursday, with heavy rains and strong gusts.

Residents living in Taiwan's coastal and mountainous regions are already bracing for the storm's onslaught. - with Reuters