'Igme' stationary, signal no. 2 up in Batanes

Posted at 08/22/12 11:59 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Signal number 2 remains hoisted over the Batanes group of islands as typhoon “Igme” remains almost stationary, the state weather bureau said Wednesday night.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon was spotted 285 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.

It has maintained its strength, still carrying winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

Igme is expected to slowly move westward and is forecast to be 250 km north northwest of Basco, Batanes by Thursday evening.

PAGASA said it is also monitoring another tropical cyclone (international name: Bolaven) located 1,390 km east of extreme northern Luzon.

It will be named “Julian” once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Bolaven is packing maximum winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph.

PAGASA earlier said the typhoon is not expected to make landfall and is forecast to head towards Taiwan.