A typhoon approaching from the east entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before noon Monday and was locally codenamed Tino, state weather forecasters said.
PAGASA, in its 11 a.m. advisory, said Typhoon Tino (international codename Wipha) was estimated at 1,210 km east-northeast of Basco, Batanes as of 10 a.m.
But PAGASA forecaster Alvin Pura said Tino is not likely to make landfall and may exit the PAR as early as Tuesday morning.
"Kakapasok lang po niya... malakas na po siya. Bukas ng umaga maaaring nasa labas na ito ng PAR at papunta ng Japan," PAGASA forecaster Alvin Pura said in an interview on dzBB radio.
However, Pura said Tino may cause big waves in Northern Luzon.
PAGASA said Tino packed maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph, and is forecast to move north-northwest at 20 kph (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=453607848082463&l=ee2674755d).
Tino is projected to be 1,110 km northeast of Basco, Batanes or 990 east of Northern Taiwan by Tuesday afternoon and outside the Philippine area of responsibility, it added.
PAGASA said Tino may bring rainfall of 7.5 to 15 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 1,000-km diameter.
However, it said Tino is not expected to affect any part of the country.
NDRRMC still on on red alert
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council remained on red alert on Monday for Typhoon Tino.
In its 6:30 a.m. update
, the NDRRMC said it maintained its red alert status, which started last Oct. 11 when it was preparing for Typhoon Santi (Nari).
For now, it said it is monitoring and disseminating weather bulletins and flood advisories to local disaster management councils.
Under red alert, all personnel are to be at their posts at any given time.
Earlier Monday, PAGASA said Typhoon Wipha moved closer to Extreme Northern Luzon and may enter the Philippine area of responsibility by noon.
Once it does, it will be locally codenamed Tino.
However, PAGASA forecasters said Tino is not likely to make landfall or directly affect any part of the country, and that it will linger in the PAR for only 24 hours.
Santi exited the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday after leaving at least 13 dead, 32 hurt and seven missing.
As of Monday morning, the NDRRMC said Santi had affected 154,766 families or 747,353 people in 682 villages in 67 towns and seven cities in 13 provinces.
Of these, 1,591 families or 6,561 people are staying in 42 evacuation centers.
The NDRRMC also said 8,720 houses were destroyed while 35,431 houses were damaged.
It estimated P2.933 billion in damage to agriculture in Aurora and Nueva Ecija.
As of 6 a.m. Monday, the NDRRMC said four roads and three bridges are still impassable, including:
- Cauayan, Isabela: Alicaocao overflow bridge
- Echague, Isabela: Annafunan overflow bridge
- Tuguegarao, Cagayan: Capatan overflow bridge
- Ifugao: Kiangan-Tinoc Road
- Mountain Province: Junction Talubin-Barlig-Natonin-Parcelis Road
- Pampanga: Secondary National Road Baliwag-Candaba-Sta. Ana Road KO66+500-KO68+300 in San Agustin, Candaba
- Aurora: Nueva Ecija-Aurora Road, Brgy. Villa, Ma. Aurora
— TJD, GMA News