'Gener' makes landfall in Taiwan

Posted at 08/02/12 8:39 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Gener” already made landfall over northeastern Taiwan after battering parts of the country for almost a week, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday.

PAGASA forecaster Ricky Fabregas said Gener (international name: Saola) is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning.

"Inaasahan po natin na ngayong umaga ay lalabas na ito ng Philippine Area of Responsibility," Frabregas told dzMM.

Based on PAGASA's latest weather bulletin, the typhoon was spotted 405 kilometers north of Basco, Batanes as of 4 a.m. Storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands.

Gener was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 160 kph. It was moving in a north northwest direction at 15 kph.

In a separate interview, PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon said an improvement in the weather is expected in the coming days as the typhoon moves away from the country.

However, Luzon and Visayas areas, especially the western section, may still experience isolated thunderstorms due to the southwest monsoon (habagat).

“Sa buong Luzon, lalung-lalo na sa kanlurang bahagi, at halos dito sa kabisayaan, makakaranas ng malalakas na alon. Inaasahan pa rin ang pag-ulan dahil medyo aktibo pa rin ang habagat,” de Leon told dzMM.

De Leon warned residents in coastal areas of possible storm surges and those in mountainous areas of landslides.

Another LPA

PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area near the extreme northern Luzon that may intensify into a cyclone.

De Leon, however, said the potential cyclone is forecast to only briefly enter PAR.

The LPA will be locally named “Helen” once it enters PAR and intensify into a cyclone.

“May kataasan ng latitude nito. So bandang Sabado o Linggo posibleng sisilip ito sa PAR, sa northeastern corner ng PAR. Parang katulad ito ni [tropical storm] Enteng na halos sumaglit lang sa kanto o corner ng PAR natin.” he said.

Typhoon Gener left at least 23 dead, according to National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Executive Director Benito Ramos.

Some low-lying areas in Metro Manila and nearby provinces remain submerged in flood waters after days of being battered by the typhoon.