Typhoon Betty, known as Typhoon #BettyPH, continues to maintain its strength as it accelerates northeastward over the sea east-northeast of Batanes. The latest update from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) provides essential information on the hazards affecting land areas, severe winds, coastal waters, as well as the track and intensity outlook of the typhoon.
Location, Movement, and Strength
- Location of Eye/Center: The center of the eye of Typhoon Betty was estimated based on all available data at 375 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.8 °N, 125.3 °E)
- Movement: Moving northeastward at 10 km/h
- Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 150 km/h
Heavy Rainfall Outlook
The following forecast indicates the expected accumulated rainfall from today to tomorrow morning:
- 50-100 mm: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, and Benguet.
Under these conditions, the possibility of flooding and rain-induced landslides is heightened, especially in areas highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and localities that have experienced significant rainfall in recent days.
- Wind Signals in some areas of Luzon have been lifted.
- Minor to moderate impacts caused by gale-force winds remain possible within the areas where Wind Signal No. 2 is hoisted. Minimal to minor impacts from strong winds (strong breeze to near gale strength) are also possible within areas where Wind Signal No. 1 is currently in effect.
- The enhanced Southwest Monsoon will bring occasional to frequent wind gusts over Bicol Region, Western Visayas, Aurora, Quezon, the northern portion of mainland Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Ilocos Region, and Cordillera Administrative Region, which are not under any Wind Signal.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 2
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1
- The northeastern portion of Isabela
- Santa Maria,
- San Pablo,
- Apayao and
- Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
Track and Intensity Outlook
Typhoon Betty is forecasted to gradually accelerate today through tomorrow, moving generally northward over the waters east of Batanes. However, some wobbling in its movement, such as sudden turns to the north-northeast or north-northwest, is possible in the near term, particularly within the next 12 hours. Subsequently, the typhoon will turn more northeastward beginning tomorrow afternoon or evening. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow evening or on Friday early morning, with its path taking it very close to or making landfall in the vicinity of the central Ryukyu Islands by mid-Friday, such as Okinawa Island.
Over the next five days, Typhoon Betty is forecasted to gradually weaken due to cooler ocean waters, dry air intrusion, and increasing vertical wind shear. The typhoon may be downgraded to a severe tropical storm tonight or tomorrow morning and further weaken into a tropical storm on Friday evening or Saturday morning. However, a faster rate of weakening cannot be ruled out due to the influence of dry air intrusion. It is expected that Betty may begin transitioning into a post-tropical cyclone on Saturday or Sunday, outside the PAR region.