Philippines Report

Typhoon ‘Hanna’ gained strength while hanging out east of Batanes

Typhoon Hanna

Typhoon Hanna (Lekima) has gained a little strength while hardly moving in the Philippine Sea, weather forecasters said Wednesday.

In a late morning bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said “Hanna” was last spotted 630 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes and has been almost stationary in that spot.

“Hanna”—which developed into a typhoon Wednesday morning—packs maximum sustained winds of 130 km per hour near the center from the previous 120 kph. Its gusts have also intensified to 160 kph from the previous 150 kph.

The typhoon is heading north northwest slowly and is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday.

‘Hanna' was also almost stationary on Tuesday

No landfall is expected but Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 remains raised over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands. Winds between 30 to 60 kph or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

‘Hanna' continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat, which is affecting parts of Luzon and Visayas.

Moderate to heavy monsoon rains will be experienced over the northern portions of Palawan—including Calamian and Cuyo islands—Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Zambales, Bataan, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras today.

By Thursday, residents of Metro Manila, Ilocos region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro and northern parts of Palawan will be affected by moderate to heavy monsoon rains.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.

Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1, the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

PAGASA is also monitoring two weather systems—a severe tropical storm outside PAR and a low pressure area of the waters of Pangasinan.

The severe tropical storm with international name Krosa was last seen 2,055 km east of extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gusts of up to 115 kph. It is moving north northwest at 15 kph.

‘Krosa' is not expected to enter the country’s jurisdiction but the weather disturbance and “Hanna” may boost the southwest monsoon in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the LPA spotted 325 km west of Dagupan City, Pangasinan is not seen to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours.

Forecast positions

  • Thursday morning: 415 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes
  • Friday morning: 408 km north of Basco, Batanes
  • Saturday morning: 730 km north of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)
  • Sunday morning: 1,020 km north of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)

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