Typhoon 'Igme' gains strength

Posted at 08/21/12 12:37 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Typhoon "Igme" has gained strength as it moves in waters off northern Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA Monday night.

In its latest bulletin released 11 p.m., PAGASA said the typhoon is now packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Its eye was last spotted 330 km east of Aparri, Cagayan.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1  has been hoisted over Isabela and Cagayan. The 2 areas are expected to experience winds of  30 to 60 kph within the next 36 hours, PAGASA said.

The typhoon will pour an estimated rainfall amount of between 10–25 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 600 km diameter.

Typhoon "Igme' is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring light to moderate rains over Luzon, especially the western section particularly Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, and Mindoro, PAGASA said.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to big waves caused by Typhoon 'Igme' and the southwest monsoon," the state weather bureau said.

The typhoon, which is moving north at 11kph, is forecast to be 300 km east-northeast of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday night.