More rains expected from 'Gener'

Posted at 07/31/12 12:05 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon Gener is expected to bring more rains in Luzon and the Visayas as it heads for Taiwan, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday night.

The eye of the typhoon, which is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, was spotted 240 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes as 10 p.m. Monday night.

It is carrying an estimated rainfall amount of between 10 to 20 milimmeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700 km diameter, PAGASA said.

Public Storm Warning Signal 3 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, while Signal Number 2 has been raised over Cagayan, the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.

Signal number 1, meanwhile, is in effect over Isabela, Kalinga, and Apayao.

The typhoon has killed at least 4 people and left millions without power Monday, the government said.

"Typhoon 'Gener' is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and Visayas especially the western section," PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. advisory.

The weather bureau advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

"Likewise, those living in coastal areas under Public Storm Warning Signal #3 and #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," PAGASA said.

It advised fishing boats and other small seacraft to avoid to sea in Luzon and the Visayas due to the combined effect of the typhoon and the southwest monsoon.