Typhoon Paeng slightly intensifies as it moves towards northern Luzon


Posted at Sep 24 2018 12:12 AM

MANILA - Typhoon Paeng (international name Trami) has slightly intensified as it moves toward northern Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday night.

In its weather bulletin at 11 p.m., PAGASA said Paeng, last spotted at 1,185 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, has slightly intensified as it moves west northwest.

It is now packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, up from 125 kph, with gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Paeng will not yet have a direct effect in any part of the country. It is also not expected to enhance the southwest monsoon immediately. 

It continues to move west northwest at 20 kph and is expected to affect extreme Northern Luzon on Friday.

No tropical cyclone warning has been raised.

Just a little over a week ago, typhoon Ompong brought strong winds and dumped heavy rains that triggered floods and landslides in Northern Luzon, killing at least 88 people before it left the country's area of responsibility. 

Of the total deaths, at least 72 were from the Cordillera mountain region, where massive landslides were reported, according to the Philippine National Police. Dozens more are still missing as authorities continue their search operations.