More areas under signal no. 1 as Ferdie intensifies
MANILA, Philippines – More areas in Luzon were placed under tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 as Typhoon Ferdie (Meranti) again intensified on Monday afternoon, September 12.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Ferdie now has maximum winds of up to 185 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 220 km/h.
The typhoon is located 780 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, moving west northwest at a slightly slower 20 km/h, from the previous 22 km/h.
Signal number 1 is raised over the following areas:
- northern Isabela
- Ilocos Norte
- Babuyan Group of Islands
PAGASA warned residents of these areas to watch out for the effects of the rain and very strong winds. Moderate to heavy rain is expected within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon.
The state weather bureau also advised all types of sea vessels not to venture out into the Bashi Channel and the Balintang Channel due to very rough seas.
By Wednesday morning, September 14, Ferdie is expected to be in the vicinity of Batanes.
The latest forecast track shows the typhoon will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon or evening.
PAGASA said, however, that a tropical depression will also enter PAR on Wednesday. It is not expected to make landfall in the country.