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‘Gener’ slows down

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said yesterday that typhoon “Gener’’ (international name “Malakas”) has maintained its course and is expected to slow down as it nears southern Taiwan.

Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 remains hoisted in Batanes and northern Cagayan, including the Babuyan Group of Islands.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said as of 11 a.m. yesterday, Gener was located 245 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving northwest at 24 kph with maximum sustained winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Aurelio said that Gener is expected to be 380 kilometers north of Basco this morning.

Tomorrow morning, it will be 710 kilometers north of Basco or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility and 1,120 kilometers north-northeast of Basco also outside the PAR on Monday morning. PAGASA said Batanes, Palawan, Mindoro, Zambales, and Bataan will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms today.

State weather forecasters said that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with some isolated rain showers and thunderstorms as Gener is expected to exit the PAR.

Tomorrow, Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley, Occidental Mindoro, and northern Palawan will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms. (Chito A. Chavez)