Bagyo Huaning or Cyclone ‘Soulik’ intensifies into typhoon – PAGASA

Synopsis: At 4:00 p.m. today, the eye of Typhoon (International Name: SOULIK) was located based on available data at 1,570 km East of Basco, Batanes (20.1°N, 139.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move West at 20 kph. Forecast: Cagayan Valley, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Light to moderate winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over Visayas and Mindanao. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate. “Soulik,” which will be called “Huaning” once it enters the country, was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 150 kph. The typhoon was forecast to enter the country Wednesday morning and would exit early morning of Saturday towards Taiwan, forecast models showed. The typhoon was not expected to hit land but would enhance the southwest monsoon, Pagasa said, adding that rains in the western part of the country would be experienced starting Thursday afternoon. Meanwhile, an Intertropical Convergence Zone continues to affect Palawan and Mindanao, Pagasa said in its outlook for Wednesday. Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), the Ilocos Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Soccsksargen (South Cotabato, Cotabato, SultanKudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City), and Northern Mindanao, will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, Pagasa said.
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