Signal no. 1 remains up in Batanes

Posted at 08/22/12 12:17 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes group of islands as typhoon “Igme” (international name: Tembin) continues to move towards Taiwan.

Igme is expected to bring isolated showers with gusty winds and cause Batanes to have rough to very rough coastal waters.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said the typhoon has slightly weakened and has gained speed.

It is now moving north northwestward at a speed of 13 kilometers per hour (kph) and is packing winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

PAGASA said the typhoon was spotted 30 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes at 10 p.m. and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday.

There are speculations that Igme could intensify further into a super-typhoon by the time it makes landfall in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, another tropical storm (international name Bolaven) is expected to enter the PAR this week.

It will be called “Julian” once it enters PAR, but weather forecasters said it is unlikely to make direct landfall.

It is expected to again move towards the direction of Taiwan. -- With a report from ANC