Typhoon Goring (international name: Saola) began to turn north-northwestward on Monday evening, Aug. 28, prompting the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to once again raise tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 over parts of extreme Northern Luzon.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Goring maintained its maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 190 kph, while moving north-northwestward at 10 kph.

The center of the eye of the typhoon was last located 240 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

In anticipation of Goring’s strong winds, Signal No. 2 was raised over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the extreme northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan, while Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over the northern and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, eastern portion of Isabela, and the northern portion of Apayao.

PAGASA warned that higher wind signals may still be raised over extreme Northern Luzon and the northern or northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan on Tuesday, Aug. 29.

“Hoisting of Wind Signal No. 3 or 4 over the Batanes-Babuyan Islands area is not ruled out,” it pointed out.

Landfall not ruled out

PAGASA said Goring may move northwestward until Wednesday, Aug. 30 as it moves over the Luzon Strait.

Based on the latest forecast track, the typhoon may make a close approach or landfall in the vicinity of Batanes Wednesday morning or afternoon.

PAGASA also said Goring may re-intensify over the next two to three days as it traverses the Luzon Strait.

“Re-intensification into a super typhoon is not ruled out. Nevertheless, the typhoon is forecast to pass near or over Batanes during or near its peak intensity,” it pointed out.

Goring may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning. Aug. 31.

Heavy rains

PAGASA said Goring may continue to bring heavy rains (50 to 100 millimeters) to Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the northern portion of Ilocos Norte, and northern portions and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan in the next 24 hours.

From Tuesday evening to Wednesday evening, Batanes and Babuyan Islands may receive torrential rains (greater than 200 millimeters), while the northern portion of Ilocos Norte and the northwestern portion of Cagayan may experience intense rains (100 to 200 millimeters).

The rest of Ilocos Norte, the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan, Apayao, Abra, and the northern portion of Ilocos Sur may receive heavy rains.

PAGASA also said the southwest monsoon, or “habagat,” enhanced by Goring will also bring occasional or monsoon rains over the western portions of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Visayas over the next three days.

Tropical storm outside PAR

PAGASA also continues to monitor the tropical storm near the PAR.

The tropical storm with the international name “Haikui” was last spotted 2,205 kilometers east of Northern Luzon.

It continues to move west-southwestward slowly, while packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph.

PAGASA said Haikui may enter the PAR by Wednesday or Thursday, and will be locally called “Hanna.”

Source: Manila Bulletin (