The state weather bureau is closely monitoring two weather disturbances affecting the Philippines.
Super typhoon Hinnamnor maintains strengths as it moves closer to the Philippines while tropical depression Gardo continues to move northwestward hovering east of extreme Northern Luzon.
While Gardo is not likely to make landfall, the country’s state weather bureau said Hinnamnor, which is now a super typhoon, may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Wednesday evening or Thursday morning while Gardo.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Administrator Vicente B. Malano said in a press conference that eventually, Hinnamnor may overpower and cause Gardo to dissipate.
Gardo is not likely to make landfall.
Eng’r Juanito S. Galang said Signal No. 3 may be hoisted over Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan Island by Thursday once Hinnamnor enters PAR and be renamed Henry.
In case of landfall, Batanes, Calayan, and Babuyan Island may experience 185kph.
“That is why we are now advising the people to be prepared for the typhoon,” he said in Filipino.
Rain showers are expected by Thursday and Friday in Zambales, Cordillera, and other parts of Northern Luzon, including some parts of Central Luzon.
In a 11 a.m. Bulletin issued on Wednesday, Pagasa said Gardo is forecast to move generally north-northwestward or northwestward throughout the forecast period as it interacts with Super Typhoon Hinnamnor outside PAR.
Gardo is moving Nortwestward at 10 km/h and is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center.
By 8 a.m. on September 1, it is expected to be moving at 860 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon.
On the other hand, in its Tropical Cyclone Bulletin No. 5 issued at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, 31 August 2022, PAGASA said the center of the eye of Hinnamnor was spotted at 980 km Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center, with gustiness of up to 240 km/h, and a central pressure of 925 hPa.
By 8 a.m. on September 1, it is expected to be at 515 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.
The super typhoon is forecasted to affect extreme northern Luzon until September 5, bringing about strong winds and rains that may trigger flooding in the area.
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