MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) is set to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, September 14, after making landfall in Itbayat, Batanes at 12:15 am the same day.
In its bulletin issued 8 am on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Ferdie will exit PAR between 11 am and 1 pm.
It was last spotted 150 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes, moving west northwest at a slightly slower 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The typhoon maintained its strength, with maximum winds of up to 220 km/h and gustiness of up to 255 km/h.
Batanes, which was placed under signal number 4 earlier, is now under signal number 3.
Signal number 2, meanwhile, is raised over the following:
Signal number 1 is also up in these areas:
PAGASA warned residents of areas under warning signals to watch out for the effects of the rain and very strong winds. Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 600-km diameter of the typhoon.
Image courtesy of PAGASA
Meanwhile, Severe Tropical Storm Gener (Malakas) intensified into a typhoon early Wednesday morning.
In its bulletin issued 5 am, PAGASA said Typhoon Gener now has maximum winds of up to 130 km/h and gustiness of up to 160 km/h.
Gener is 1,110 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, moving west northwest at 24 km/h.
It is not expected to make landfall but it will enhance the southwest monsoon. – Rappler.com