'Huaning' maintains strength, threatens Batanes

Posted at 07/11/13 9:17 AM

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 7:01 a.m., 11 July 2013

MANILA – Typhoon "Huaning" has maintained its strength but is still not expected to make landfall in the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

PAGASA said as of 6 a.m., Huaning was located 870 kilometers (kms) east of Itbayat, Batanes. Only the Batanes Group of Islands remains under public storm warning signal number 1.

Huaning was still packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gusts of up to 210 kph this morning.

It was also moving west northwest at 20 kph and is expected to bring 10-25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) of rains within its 800-km diameter.

Due to the typhoon, PAGASA said the Batanes Group of Islands will experience rains with gusty winds.

The regions of Cordillera, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga; and the provinces of Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Nueva Ecija, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon are expected to have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country are expected to have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains or thunderstorms.

Fishermen, especially those using small sea craft, are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by the typhoon.