New typhoon to enter PAR on Thursday

Posted at 08/22/2012 8:34 AM | Updated as of 08/22/2012 11:24 AM

MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA on Wednesday said a new typhoon is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning as typhoon "Igme" leaves.

PAGASA said typhoon "Bolaven" was located 1,600 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon as of 5 a.m. Weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar told radio dzMM that Bolaven may enter PAR on Thursday morning.

Escullar said Bolaven, which will be locally named "Julian" once it enters PAR, will affect the movement of typhoon "Igme" which has slightly weakened.

"Ang posibilidad ay kokontrolin [ni Bolaven] ang galaw ni Igme dahil patuloy na lalakas itong si [Bolaven] at magdodomina sa kanilang dalawa," Escullar said.

"Kung 'di magbabago ang pagtaya, magla-landfall sa Taiwan [si Igme], pero imbis na hilagang kanluran, gagalaw ito pa-kanluran."

The Joint Pacific Typhoon Warning Center said as of 2 a.m. Manila time, Bolaven was packing maximum sustained winds of 70 knots or 129.6 kilometers per hour (kph).

Bolaven is forecast to get stronger at 80 knots (148.1 kph) at 2 p.m.

Meanwhile, storm signal warning number 1 remains hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands due to Igme.

From a maximum wind strength of 150 kph as of 11 p.m. Tuesday, Igme has slightly weakened at 140 kph with gustiness of up to 170 kph.

It has also slowed down at 7 kph.

PAGASA said Igme will be 330 kms north northeast of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning.

It si forecast to bring an estimated rainfall amount of between 10 and 20 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 550-km diameter.