By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
A weaker typhoon “Paeng” (international name “Trami”) may not have a significant impact over the Philippines, as the cyclone moves north toward the southern part of Japan.
According to weather specialist Nikos Peñaranda of Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Paeng has now a slight chance of heading towards Taiwan as the typhoon is generally moving northward.
As of Wednesday noon, PAGASA estimated the location of Paeng at 735 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. From last Tuesday’s maximum sustained winds of 200 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 245 kph, Paeng significantly weakened on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph and gusts of up to 195 kph.
It has changed its direction from west-northwest to north, but continues to move slowly due to prevailing high-pressure systems above the typhoon.
Peñaranda said the high-pressure systems are blocking the path of Paeng but these systems will likely recede within the next two days, allowing the typhoon to move faster en route to Okinawa, Japan.
With this scenario, he said, PAGASA is less likely to issue tropical cyclone warnings over any part of the Philippines.