MANILA - Typhoon "Liwayway" maintained its strength as it moved towards the southern Ryukyu islands of Japan, the state weather bureau said Wednesday night.
The weather disturbance was spotted at 10:00 p.m. approximately 470 kilometers (km) northeast of Basco, Batanes. It is packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 170 kph gusts, as it moved north northeast at 10 kph.
Liwayway is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility between Thursday afternoon and evening.
Occasional gusty conditions may still occur in Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region and the Cordillera Administrative Region due to the southwest monsoon.
PAGASA said a new low-pressure area (LPA) was spotted at the same time, approximately 865 km east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
The weather agency said it is expected to develop into a tropical depression within the next 48 hours.
Between Wednesday and Thursday evening, Liwayway will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes and Babuyan Islands.
The southwest monsoon will also bring scattered light to moderate rains (with at times heavy rain showers during thunderstorms) over Ilocos Region and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Between Thursday evening and Friday evening, the typhoon and the southwest monsoon will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and Ilocos Provinces.
Residents of affected areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides are advised to take precautionary measures.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky, especially for those using small seacrafts, over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.
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