'Kiko' moves over Taiwan's eastern coast; Batanes down to Signal No. 2 -- PAGASA


Typhoon "Kiko" (international name "Chanthu") has moved further away from the Philippines and is now over the sea east of Taiwan, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin on Saturday, Sept. 11.

As of 10 p.m., the center of the eye of the typhoon was located 145 kilometers north of Itbayat, Batanes.

Kiko has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph while moving north-northeast at 15 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, while Signal No. 1 remains raised over Babuyan Islands.

In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said Kiko may still bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Batanes.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may also persist in Babuyan Islands, northern portion of mainland Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, and Kalinga.

PAGASA warned those in these areas to remain vigilant against possible scattered to widespread flooding including flash floods and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

Typhoon Kiko is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or "habagat" and bring light to at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, the rest of Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the western sections of Central and Southern Luzon in the next 24 hours.

"Typhoon Kiko is forecast to move generally northward over the sea east of Taiwan and East China Sea throughout the forecast period," PAGASA said.

The typhoon is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Sunday afternoon or evening, Sept. 12.