Typhoon enters PAR; unlikely to affect PH
By Ma. Cristina Arayata
(Image grabbed from PAGASA’s website)
MANILA (Philippines News Agency) – Typhoon Haishen has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) and was given the local name, “Kristine”, the weather bureau said Friday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Kristine” is unlikely to have a direct effect on the country’s weather condition and will remain far from landmass.
“Kristine” was last tracked 1,340 km. east of extreme Northern Luzon, moving northwestward at 15 kph while inside PAR and packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.
The typhoon is expected to exit PAR between Saturday and Sunday and is forecast to head towards Japan and the Korean Peninsula.
“This typhoon is undergoing rapid intensification at the moment. It is forecast to reach (a) peak intensity of around 205 (kph) to 215 kph on Sunday,” PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said “Kristine” may bring rough to very rough seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon beginning Friday night or Saturday.
Sea travel is risky under such sea conditions, it said. (PNA)