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Typhoon Ferdie makes landfall over the Batanes


Typhoon Ferdie (international name Meranti) made landfall over Itbayat, Batanes at around 12:15 a.m., Tuesday, weather service PAGASA reported.

According to PAGASA's 2 a.m bulletin, Ferdie had maximum winds of up to 220 kph, which can gust of up to 255 kph. Estimated rainfall within the typhoon's 600 km diameter was from moderate to heavy.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 4 was raised over Batanes Islands which may experience a storm surge of up to three meters, with open sea wave heights to be more that 14 meters.

Signal 3 was also up over Babuyan Islands which may experience a storm surge of up to two meters, with open sea wave heights also to be over 14 meters.

Signal 2 was up over:

  • Ilocos Norte,
  • Apayao, and
  • northern Cagayan.

A storm surge of up to a meter high was possible along these areas, with open sea wave heights to be from 4.1 to 14 meters.

Signal 1 was meanwhile up over:

  • the rest of Cagayan,
  • northern Isabela,
  • Kalinga,
  • Abra, and
  • northern Ilocos Sur.

Open sea wave heights in these areas will be from 1.25 to four meters.

Ferdie  was moving west-northwest at 24 kilometers-per-hour, and will be 460 kms west-northwest of Itbayat, Batanes and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning. — DVM, GMA News

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