TYPHOON "Henry" continues to weaken although Signal No. 2 has been raised over Batanes as it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) over the weekend, the state-run weather agency said on Friday.
Signal No. 1 is still up over Babuyan Islands and the north-eastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana), according to weather specialist Benison Estareja of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) during a press briefing.
"The typhoon is moving slowly northwestward over the Philippine Sea east-northeast of Batanes and is projected to weaken further in the next 12 hours," he said.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 205kph, Henry was estimated some 365 kilometers east-northeast of Itbayat, also in the province.Get the latest news
"Typhoon Henry will continue moving slowly north-westward before it gradually accelerates northward and based on Pagasa's forecast track, it may exit PAR Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
The weather bureau said that Ilocos Region, Batanes, Babuyan islands, Apayao and Abra may experience moderate to heavy with at times intense rains while light to moderate with at times heavy rains possible over Cagayan due to the storm over 12 hours.
In the next 24 hours, the southwest monsoon or "habagat" will bring rains over Isabela, western portion of Central Luzon, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, Pagasa said.
It said that the trough of Henry and habagat may bring cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and Western Visayas.
The rest of the country, meanwhile, may likely have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the localized thunderstorms, Pagasa said.