MANILA - Typhoon Paeng may be weaker than the previous typhoon that ravaged the agricultural north, PAGASA said Monday, but the public should remain vigilant for possible landslides.
PAGASA forecaster Rene Paciente said the typhoon is expected to bring light to moderate rains over extreme Northern Luzon and other parts of the island by Thursday.
"Saturated pa ang lupa doon sa Cordillera. So posibleng kahit moderate rains lang o magkaroon ng thunderstorms, posibleng magkaroon pa rin ng landslides," he said in a press briefing.
Paeng is not expected to make landfall in the country, said PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano. This means it will not dump as much rain like Ompong did a couple of weeks ago.
But Malano stressed that Paeng may still enhance the southwest monsoon as it moves towards the Batanes and Babuyan islands. PAGASA may raise cyclone signals by Thursday.
PAGASA said the typhoon was last spotted 975 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City. It has maintained its strength at 170 kph near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph.
Paeng, which comes after typhoon Ompong left at least 88 people dead in the country, continues to move west northwest, towards extreme Northern Luzon, at 20 kph.