Typhoon Igme Weakens as another Typhoon nears the Philippines
|August 25, 2012||Posted by Junjie M. under Country, News|
The state-run weather bureau Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced today that Typhoon Igme (international name: Tembin) is continuously weakening as it moves out of the country’s area of responsibility.
As of 4 AM today, Typhoon Igme was located 380 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan and 320 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes bearing maximum sustained winds of 160 kph and a gustiness of up to 195 kph.
Despite its weakened state, Typhoon Igme still affects the Batanes group of islands. PAGASA has declared Signal No. 1 over these regions and has warned residents to stay inside of their homes and avoid travelling by sea in this weather.
Typhoon Igme entered the Philippine area just a few days after the country’s Luzon area was struck by Typhoon Helen. By then, most of the cities in Luzon were already submerged in knee-length waters caused by non-stop heavy rains. Typhoon Igme’s heavy rains caused landslides that damaged eight major highways in northern Luzon. There were no immediate reports of casualties from these events.
Meanwhile, PAGASA has spotted another tropical cyclone at 1600 km east of northern Luzon. The tropical cyclone bears the international name Bolaven, and will be called Typhoon Julian once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility. PAGASA has warned residents of areas that will possibly be affected to brace for this another typhoon and come prepared.
Every year, an average of 20 tropical storms or typhoons enters the Philippine area of responsibility.
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