Signal no. 1 raised anew over 2 areas due to 'Igme'

Posted at 08/23/12 1:08 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Storm warning signal number 1 was raised again over Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands as typhoon "Igme" moved closer to northern Luzon.

Weather bureau PAGASA said Igme was located 260 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m.

Batanes group of islands, meanwhile, remains under storm warning signal number 2.

PAGASA said Igme was moving westward at 7 kilometers per hour (kph). With this speed and direction, it was expected to be 220 kms north of Basco, Batanes on Friday morning.

The typhoon has maintained its strength of 130 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It was estimated to dump 10 - 20 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) of rains within its 500-km diameter.


Another typhoon, meanwhile, may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) later this evening, said PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon in an earlier interview Thursday morning.

De Leon said typhoon "Igme" was not affecting the southwest monsoon enough to dump heavy rains over the country.

He, however, said the weather will change as Bolaven approaches the country.

PAGASA said Bolaven was last located 1,260 kms east of extreme northern Luzon.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph. It was moving westward at 15 kph.

It will be named "Julian" once it enters PAR.

A weather bulletin issued by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, meanwhile, said the typhoon had a strength of 90 knots (166 kph) as of 8 a.m. Manila time.