MANILA - Tropical storm "Ineng" intensified as it continued to move towards southern Taiwan and the Batanes area, the state weather bureau said Friday night.
The weather disturbance was spotted at 10 p.m. approximately 260 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes.
Ineng was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with 125 kph gusts while moving northwest at 20 kph.
It is expected to cross the Bashi Channel and will be closest to Batanes Saturday morning.
PAGASA earlier said Ineng is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday evening.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over Batanes and Babuyan Islands while TCWS No. 1 was raised over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Northern Abra, and Ilocos Norte.
On Saturday, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may be experienced over Cagayan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Mindoro Provinces and northern portions of Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.
Residents in affected areas are advised to take precautionary measures.
Areas under TCWS are warned against strong winds associated with Ineng.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas due to potentially rough sea conditions.
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