2 typhoons now inside PAR; Signal no. 4 up in Batanes


Posted at Sep 14 2016 07:39 AM

MANILA - Two typhoons inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) are threatening northern Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

The first cyclone, Typhoon "Ferdie", made landfall over Itbayat, Batanes at past 12 a.m. Wednesday.

According to a 5 a.m. PAGASA weather bulletin, storm warning signal no. 4 remained hoisted over the Batanes area while waning signal no. 3 was up in Babuyan group of islands.

Meanwhile, signal no. 2 was raised over Ilocos Norte, Apayao and northern Cagayan and signal no. 1 was up in the rest of Cagayan, northern Isabela, Kalinga, Abra and northern Ilocos Sur.

Spotted 45 kilometers northwest of Itbayat, Batanes, Ferdie maintained maximum sustained winds of up to 220 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of 255 kph, PAGASA said.

If the storm continues moving northwest at 22 kph, PAGASA meteorologist Benison Estreja said it may leave PAR between 10 a.m. and 12 noon Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Typhoon "Gener" was plotted 1,110 km east of Virac, Catanduanes.

The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph, Estreja said.

Gener will also enhance the southwest monsoon and dump light rains over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon.

Estreja said the storm is expected recurve towards Japan as it approaches the Batanes area.

This satellite image from PAGASA shows two storms swirling east of Northern Luzon on Thursday.