MANILA — Typhoon “Ineng” has accelerated further as it continues to move in a north-northeast direction and is expected to exit the country by Sunday evening, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 5 a.m. Sunday, the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data at 270 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.7°N, 123.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.
Loiz said typhoon “Ineng” continues to move north- northeast and accelerated from 13 kph to 17 kph.
If it maintains its speed and movement, the typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday evening headed toward Japan.
Loiz said that public storm warning signals (PSWS) in some areas in Luzon were already lifted except in some provinces in extreme Northern Luzon.
The Batanes group of islands is now under PSWS No. 2 (winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours).
PSWS No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in at least 36 hours) is hoisted over the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under PSWS#2 and #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Storm surges of up to one meter are possible along the coastal areas with PSWS #2.
Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon.
Loiz said the typhoon-enhanced “Habagat” will continue to bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
He added that weather improvement is expected by Wednesday as the typhoon continues to move far away from the country.
For Sunday’s forecast, PAGASA said stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over the Batanes Group of Islands while rains with gusty winds will e experienced over Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.
Monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon while cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Western and Central Visayas.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west will prevail over the rest of Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country.
The coastal waters over the rest of the archipelago will be moderate to rough.