Pagasa to lift typhoon signal alerts soon as Betty slowly leaves PH
MANILA, Philippines — The state weather bureau said it may remove its Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 warning over several areas in Luzon as early as Wednesday since Typhoon Betty (international name: Mawar) is steadily moving north-northwestward possibly toward Japan.
Based on its 4:00 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Betty was last located 320 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 150 kph.
“Posible din po na ngayong araw o bukas ay tuluyan na pong mawawala itong mga Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals, partikular na kung saan nakataas ang Signal No. 1,” Pagasa weather specialist Obet Badrina said in a press briefing Wednesday.
(It is also possible that today or tomorrow, these Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals will be removed, especially where Signal No. 1 is raised.)
Pagasa hoisted TCWS No. 1 in areas of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands; the northern and eastern portions of Isabela; the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte; the northern portion of Kalinga; and the northeastern portion of Abra.
Pagasa also placed Batanes under TCWS No. 2 due to Betty.
Badrina also said the typhoon may weaken into a severe tropical storm by Thursday, June 1, before finally exiting the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Friday.
“Nakikita natin na bukas ay posibleng bumaba na o humina pa ‘yung bagyo at maging isang Severe Tropical Storm na lamang, hanggang sa makalabas ito ng PAR, araw ng Biyernes,” he explained.
(We see that by tomorrow, it is possible that the typhoon will decrease or weaken and become a Severe Tropical Storm, until it leaves the PAR, on Friday.)
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