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Typhoon Quiel approaches

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — Typhoon Quiel (international name Nalgae) has intensified, continuing to threaten Northern Luzon of the Philippines, local weather forecast said Friday.

A bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Nalgae was located based on satellite surface data at 640 kms east of Tuguegarao City as of 10 a.m. Friday.

It is packing a sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is moving at 22 kph and is expected to hit northern Luzon on weekend.

Public Storms Warning Signal No. 2 had been hoisted over Cagayan and Isabela provinces while Signal No. 1 are up in Calayan and Babuyan group of islands as well as Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and Abra provinces.

“Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Warning Signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone,” PAGASA said.