MANILA - Two approaching weather systems will stir monsoon rains over the western section of Luzon after powerful Typhoon "Ferdie" (international name: Meranti) slammed the country's northern tip on Wednesday, the state weather bureau said.
"Ferdie," the strongest storm to hit the country so far this year, lashed the Batanes islands with 245-kilometer-per hour wind gusts before dawn and was projected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility within the day. There were no immediate reports of casualties and damage.
Another storm, "Gener," (international codename: Malakas) was not expected to hit land and will also leave the country late Friday after hovering over the Pacific coast, PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said.
A low pressure or brewing storm east of the country was not expected to intensify into a typhoon, Aurelio told a televised news conference.
"Gener" and the low pressure area are expected to bring monsoon rains through the weekend, he said.
The eye of "Ferdie" was located 215 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes at 10 a.m. Wednesday, PAGASA said in a statement.
Signal number 2 (61-120 kph winds) was raised over the Batanes Group of Islands, while the Babuyan Group of Islands is still under signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds).
Local government units in affected areas have suspended classes due to the stormy weather, while all vessels were barred from heading out to sea.
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