MANILA - Typhoon Paeng continued to intensify as it moved towards the northern Philippines, which bore the brunt of Typhoon Ompong's onslaught over a week ago, the state weather bureau said Monday.
As of 5 a.m., Paeng was 1,100 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 170 kilometers per hour and 210 kph gusts, said PAGASA meteorologist Shiela Reyes.
The typhoon is unlikely to make a direct hit on Luzon's northern tip for now, she told radio DZMM.
Paeng, however, will hover close to Batanes and Babuyan islands by Friday and may also bring rains over other Luzon areas, said PAGASA weather forecaster Meno Mendoza.
For now, Metro Manila and the rest of the country can expect fair weather that may be marred by fleeting thunderstorms, he told DZMM.
Paeng comes as authorities dug for dozens of people buried by landslides in Itogon, Benguet and Naga City, Cebu. Search operations will be suspended if the typhoon unleashes a fresh bout of rains, authorities earlier said.
Ompong, the world's strongest storm this year, left some P14 billion worth of damage in the agricultural north and killed at least 95 people.
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