MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Hanna (international name: Haiku) strengthened slightly as it approached the southern coast of Taiwan early Sunday morning.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) September 3, 5 a.m. bulletin, Batanes and the northern part of the Babuyan Islands, especially Babuyan Island and Calayan Island , remain under the wind signal of Tropical Cyclone No. 1 as Hanna intensified.
Hanna’s Eye was last located 215 kilometers north-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (km/h) with gusts of up to 185 km/h. It was moving west at a speed of 20 km/h.
The state weather bureau also said Hanna continues to amplify the effects of the southwest monsoon – known locally as habagat – on the country.
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The enhanced southwest monsoon is expected to bring rain to western part of Luzon and Antique over the next three days, Pagasa noted, along with windy conditions in Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Administrative Region of the Cordillera, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Pampanga and Bataan. , Aurora, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Eastern and Western Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Bicol region, Western Visayas and northern part of Eastern Visayas.
Pagasa said Hanna is expected to make landfall on the east coast of southern Taiwan and exit the Philippines Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday evening or Monday morning as a severe tropical storm.
“Outside of the PAR region, Hanna will move slowly as it moves west or west-northwest over the Taiwan Strait. It is expected to make final landfall along the coast of Guangdong or Fujian, China on Tuesday as a tropical storm,” Pagasa said.
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