MANILA – State weather bureau PAGASA on Friday warned northern and central Luzon of more rains as typhoon “Ineng” (international name “Goni”) slowed down.
In a press briefing this morning, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Ineng has slowed down and is now moving west northwest at 7 kilometers per hour (kph), due to the presence of a high pressure area north of the typhoon.
“Ang ginagawa ni Ineng babasagin niya itong high pressure area… kaya mabagal. Pag tuluyang humina o nabasag ang high pressure area, saka siya bibilis sa pagkilos,” Aurelio explained.
“Kaya mukhang magtatagal pa ang masungit na panahon sa mga lugar lalo na sa northern and central Luzon,” he said.
As of 10 a.m., Ineng was spotted 130 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gusts of up to 205 kph.
Public storm warning signal 3 remained hoisted over the Batanes group of islands, and nothern Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan group of islands.
These areas should expect winds of 121-170 kph in the next 18 hours. Storm surge of up to 2 meters is possible in coastal areas.
Storm signal number 2, with 61-120 kph winds in 24 hours, was raised over the rest of Cagayan, northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Ilocos Norte.
The rest of Isabela, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Benguet, La Union, and Ilocos Sur, meanwhile, were placed under storm signal number 1 and should expect 30-60 kph winds in 36 hours.
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under storm signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
According to PAGASA, the typhoon, which is bringing moderate to heavy rainfall within its 600-kilometer diameter, also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat.
Monsoon rains are expected over central Luzon and occasional rains over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Western Visayas.
Ineng is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Monday morning and move towards Japan.
But Aurelio said even when it has already exited PAR, northern and central Luzon will still experience rains due to the enhanced southwest monsoon.
Source:ABS-CBN News PH