MANILA — Government cautioned against venturing into waters off Northern Luzon’s Batanes province, warning typhoon ‘Gener’ (international name ‘Malakas’) may move near the area and fan rough seas this week.
Batanes is among the possible route for ‘Gener’ which is bearing moderate to heavy rainfall within its 400-km diameter, noted weather forecaster Jori Loiz from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
“We’ll raise tropical cyclone warning Signal 1 if Batanes comes within the 200-km radius of ‘Gener’ in the next 36 hours,” he said.
Such signal means Batanes can experience 30 kph to 60 kph winds then, he noted.
PAGASA also warned of possible waves 1.25 meters to 4.0 meters high in open waters off communities under Signal No. 1.
Light to medium damage to high-risk structures and “significant” damage to rice crops in the flowering stage are also possible in such communities, PAGASA continued.
In its severe weather bulletin 4 released Thursday (Sept. 15), PAGASA located ‘Gener’ at some 735 km east of Cagayan province’s Tuguegarao City as of 10 a.m.
‘Gener’ packed maximum sustained winds of up to 130 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 160 kph, said PAGASA.
PAGASA expects ‘Gener’ to move west-northwest at some 23 kph.
Forecast locations of ‘Gener’ are 310 km east-northeast of Cagayan’s Aparri municipality by Friday morning (Sept. 16) and 375 km north of Batanes’ Basco municipality by Saturday morning (Sept. 17).
“The typhoon can still move closer to Batanes,” said Loiz.
If ‘Gener’ does so, he said the typhoon will likely landfall in Taiwan.
Loiz said latest available data show ‘Gener’ will exit PAR this Saturday between 8 a.m. and 12 noon.
PAGASA expects ‘Gener’ to be some 820 km north of Basco and already outside PAR by Sunday morning (Sept. 18). PNA/northboundasia.com