Super Typhoon Betty, slightly weakened yet persistently hazardous, continues its westward path towards Luzon, placing several regions under potential severe weather threat.
Current Position and Intensity
As of 4:00 PM, the typhoon was located approximately 1,035 km east of Central Luzon. Betty currently exhibits maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h, gusting up to 230 km/h, and a central pressure of 920 hPa.
Movement and Range of Influence
Betty is advancing westward at a speed of 25 km/h, with typhoon-force winds extending outwards up to 600 km from its center.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1
Regions under TCWS No. 1 are warned of strong winds in the next 36 hours. Areas under this advisory include:
- Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Northern and central portions of Abra
- San Juan,
- La Paz,
- Eastern and central portions of Mountain Province
- Eastern and central portions of Ifugao
- Alfonso Lista,
- Northern and central portions of Aurora
- Northeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya
Hazards Affecting Land Areas
Heavy Rainfall Outlook:
From Monday afternoon to Tuesday afternoon, heavy rainfalls of 100-200mm are anticipated in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northern portions of mainland Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.
Strong winds are expected in regions under TCWS No.1. Enhanced Southwest Monsoon will also potentially result in strong breezes and gusty conditions.
Hazards Affecting Coastal Waters
A Marine Gale Warning is in effect due to the influence of Betty. This implies potential risks for small seacraft in the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, and eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.
Track and Intensity Outlook
Betty, although slightly weakened, remains a super typhoon. While its strength is expected to stay steady over the next 36-48 hours, it could weaken significantly from Monday or Tuesday due to potential unfavorable conditions.
Residents in affected areas are urged to follow advice from local officials, especially those residing in regions highly susceptible to hazards. The next bulletin from PAGASA will be issued at 11:00 PM today.