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Signal No. 1 up over Batanes, Babuyan as Fabian turns southwestward over Philippine Sea

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Batanes and Babuyan Islands as Typhoon Fabian turned southwestward over the Philippine Sea near Miyako Islands, PAGASA said Wednesday night.

In its 11 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the weather agency said the center of the eye of Fabian was located 575 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes at 10 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 150 km per hour near the center, gustiness of up to 185 kph, and central pressure of 960 hPa. It is moving southwestward at 15 kph.

PAGASA said Batanes and Babuyan Islands should anticipate the arrival of strong winds within 36 hours.

Under the influence of the southwest monsoon being enhanced by Fabian, PAGASA said monsoon rains will be experienced in the next 24 hours over Ilocos Region, Abra, Benguet, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands.

In the next 24 hours, rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 4.5 meters) will also be experienced over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1, while moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 3.5 m) are also likely over the northern, western, and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

"Sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters. Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor," PAGASA said.

PAGASA said Fabian was forecast to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Fabian is also forecasted to continue intensifying and reach its peak intensity (155-165 kph) on Friday. A weakening trend in its intensity may begin on Saturday and may accelerate by Sunday as the typhoon makes landfall over mainland China, PAGASA said. —NB, GMA News