Typhoon Paeng slightly weakens, continues to head north


Posted at Sep 26 2018 01:49 AM | Updated as of Sep 26 2018 08:14 AM

MANILA - Typhoon Paeng (international name Trami) has slightly weakened as it continues to slowly move north, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday night.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Paeng was last spotted 725 kilometers of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 190 km per hour and gusts of up to 235 kph.

The typhoon is expected to bring rains over northern Luzon on Friday. 

It is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday if it continues to move north-northeast "slowly," PAGASA said.

Paeng is not expected to make landfall but may enhance the southwest monsoon as it gets near the country. 

Forecasters 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 is 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.