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‘Ferdie’ leaves; ‘Gener’ arrives

Typhoon “Ferdie” (international name “Meranti”) left the country’s area of responsibility yesterday noon en route to Southeastern China after making landfall in Itbayat, Batanes, at 2 a.m. yesterday.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) through the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has yet to receive reports of casualties or untoward incidents after the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Signal No. 4 over Batanes group of islands Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 250 kph a scenario which weather forecasters said is “near minimum super typhoon level of 220 kph.”

But another typhoon named “Gener” (international name “Malakas”) entered PAR as “Ferdie’ made landfall past midnight.

“Gener” has maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gustiness of up to 160 kph and moving northwest at 25 kph.

Currently, Gener is not seen to make landfall over any part of the country but it will also enhance the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA-Weather Division’s Marine Meteorological Services Section Chief Rene Paciente said Gener will re-curve towards southern Japan but will enhance the southwest monsoon bringing light to moderate rains over the western section of Luzon.

By Thursday morning, Gener will be at 750 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, and by Friday morning at 370 km east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes. (By Ellalyn de Vera)