Typhoon GONI (INENG) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility at around noontime today. This strong and fast moving cyclone may directly affect the extreme northern part of Luzon, particularly the Batanes Group of Islands on Friday or Saturday.
Meanwhile, at 5:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon ATSANI (17W), the other strong typhoon over the Northwestern Pacific Ocean, was located some 1,030 km east-northeast of Saipan or about 1,170 km east-northeast of Guam (16.6N 155.2E) with maximum sustained winds of 200 kph near the center and gustiness up to 240 kph. It was moving West-Northwest at 17 kph during the past 6 hours. ATSANI is not a threat to the Philippine Islands as none of the Global Dynamic Forecast Models show a track towards the Philippines.
Residents and visitors along Extreme Northern Luzon and Taiwan should closely monitor the development of TY GONI (INENG).
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DIRECT CYCLONE HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
Below are the regions or places in the Philippines that could be directly affected or that are being directly affected by the hazards generated by this current tropical cyclone.
None for the next 48 hours.
CURRENT CYCLONE INFORMATION
As of 5:00 PM PhT today, August 18 (0900 GMT).
Classification/Name: TY GONI (INENG)
Location: Over the southeasternmost part of the North Philippine Sea (near 18.6N 133.7E)
About: 1,255 km east-southeast of Basco, Batanes…or 1,225 km east of Santa Ana, Cagayan
Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 185 kph near the center…Gustiness: 220 kph
24 hr. Rain Accumulation (near the center and to the north): 100 to 300 mm [Heavy to Extreme]
Minimum Central Pressure: 944 millibars (hPa)
Size of Circulation [Convective Cloud-Based, in diameter]: 535 km (Small)
Area of Damaging Winds (100 kph or more wind gusts): 215 km from the center
Past Movement: West-Northwest @ 30 kph
Forecast Movement: West to West-Northwest @ 23 kph
Towards: Batanes Area
2-DAY FORECAST OUTLOOK
TY GONI (INENG) is expected to slow down as it moves in a generally westerly track throughout the outlook period. On the forecast track, GONI will be traversing the southernmost part of the North Philippine Sea on Wednesday through Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20).
TY GONI (INENG) will slightly weaken during the next 24 hours and shall reintensify by 48 hours. The Advance Intensity Forecast (AIF) shows its 10-minute maximum sustained winds decreasing to 175 kph by Wednesday early morning (Aug. 19) reintensifying to 195 kph by Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20).
The following is the 3-day forecast outlook summary* for this system:
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON: Weakens slightly…as it continues to move rapidly in a generally westerly track…about 760 km east-southeast of Basco, Batanes [2PM AUG 19: 19.1N 129.1E @ 175kph]. Confidence Level: HIGH.
THURSDAY AFTERNOON: Continues to move generally westward with decreasing speed…as it reintensifies…about 365 km east-southeast of Basco, Batanes [2PM AUG 20: 19.4N 125.3E @ 195kph]. Confidence Level: HIGH.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Turns west-northwest to northwest…as it decreases further its speed…about 220 km east of Basco, Batanes [2PM AUG 21: 20.3N 124.1E @ 200kph]. Confidence Level: HIGH.
*Important Note: Please be reminded that the Forecast Outlook changes every 6 hours, and the Day 2 and 3 Forecast Track has an average error of 100 and 250 km respectively…while the wind speed forecast error, averages 35 kph per day. Therefore, a turn to the left or right of its future track and changes in its wind speed must be anticipated from time to time.
Time/Date: 5:00 PM PhT Tue Aug 18, 2015
Location of Eye: Near 18.6º N Lat 133.7º E Lon
Distance 1: 1270 km ESE of Itbayat, Batanes
Distance 2: 1275 km ENE of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
Distance 3: 1265 km E of Aparri, Cagayan
Distance 4: 1430 km ENE of Metro Manila
Distance 5: 1440 km ESE of Taipei City, Taiwan
Updates issued by: Leonileo C. Millanes for Weather.com.ph.
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