Typhoon ‘Urduja’ leaves PHBy Frances Mangosing
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Urduja” (international name Francisco) made its exit from the Philippine area of responsibility early Thursday.
However, sea travel remained risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
Heavy to intense rains were still seen within its 700 kilometer-diameter.
“Urduja” was last observed 855 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph.
It was forecast to move north at 9kph.
By Thursday afternoon, it would be 190 km east southeast of Okinawa, Japan.
Meanwhile, the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northwest to west with slight to moderate seas.