'Igme' now a typhoon; four areas under signal 1
At least four areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 as Typhoon Igme (Tembin) intensified ino a typhoon and continued to move northward early Tuesday.
In its 5 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Typhoon Igme was estimated to be 380 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 a.m.
Cagayan, Calayan Islands, Babuyan Islands, and Batanes Islands were placed under Storm Signal No. 1.
PAGASA said Igme packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near the center, with gustiness of up to 195 kph.
It was moving north at 11 kph and is forecast to be 360 km east-northeast of Basco, Batanes on Wednesday morning, and 400 km north-northeast of Basco, Batanes Thursday morning.
By Friday morning it is expected to be 500 km north-northwest of Basco, Batanes.
PAGASA said Igme will bring an estimated rainfall of 10 to 25 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 600-km diameter.
It also said Typhoon Igme may enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring light to moderate rain over Luzon, including Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas and Mindoro.
Also, it advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon due to big waves caused by Typhoon Igme and the southwest monsoon. — DVM, GMA News