PAGASA forecaster Connie Rose Dadivas said “Igme” is now over Taiwan, but may return closer to northern Luzon due to the effect of typhoon “Julian”.
Dadivas noted that “Igme” is still inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., Igme was located 220 kilometers north northwest of Basco, Batanes.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecast to move west southwest at 15 kph.
Storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, while signal number 1 remains up over Calayan and Babuyan Groups of Islands.
Julian, meanwhile, was located 1,050 kms east of Basco, Batanes as of 4 a.m.
It had maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It was moving west northwest at 15 kph. Dadivas said with this speed and direction, Julian may exit PAR by Monday.
Dadivas said both Igme and Julian are expectd to enhance the southwest monsoon, dumping rains over the western portion of the country.
She added that northern Luzon will experience moderate to heavy intermittent rains over the weekend due to the two typhoons.