MANILA - Typhoon Paeng may bring light to moderate rains over Northern Luzon on Friday, the state weather bureau warned Tuesday, as the agricultural north continues to reel from the landslides triggered by a previous typhoon.
PAGASA said Paeng, which was last spotted east of Batanes, was packing maximum sustained winds of 200 kph near the center and gusts of up to 245 kph, barely moving in a west northwest direction at 10 kph.
Forecasters had earlier warned that while rains from Paeng will not be as strong as Ompong's, they may still trigger landslides in mountainous areas in the north because the soil in these places were still loose after weeks of rainy weather.
Typhoon Ompong's heavy rains triggered landslides in the northern region of Cordillera, killing dozens of people in several mountain towns like Itogon. Dozens of residents also died in a landslide in Naga City, Cebu after Ompong's rains loosened the soil there.
As of 11:00 a.m., the weather agency has yet to put any area under cyclone warning signals due to Paeng. The typhoon is also not expected to make landfall but it may enhance the southwest monsoon as it gets near the country.
"Light to at times moderate rains will prevail over Zamboanga Peninsula, Western Visayas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro tomorrow. Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon," PAGASA added.