Super Typhoon Henry (Hinnamnor), the world’s strongest typhoon for 2022, has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday (Aug 31) night, bringing over rain showers and thunderstorms over parts of Luzon as it "slightly intensifies".
As of 11 am Thursday, Henry’s center was located 430 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph and gustiness of up to 240 kph, according to the 11 am advisory by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The super typhoon is moving south southwestward at 25 kph.
Henry, which is expected to merge with Tropical Depression Gardo in the next hours as per PAGASA, may enhance the habagat (southwest monsoon) which will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over the following areas and regions:
Cordillera Administrative Region
Meanwhile, Gardo – which was last located 920km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon having winds at 55 kph – will “degenerate into a remnant low within 12 hours as ‘Henry’ begins to assimilate its circulation,” said PAGASA.
The state weather bureau said that tropical cyclone wind signals could be declared over extreme Northern Luzon due to the wind bands of the super typhoon.
“Due to the forecast expansion in the extent of tropical cyclone winds associated with Super Typhoon HENRY, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) may be hoisted for localities in Extreme Northern Luzon by today at the earliest in anticipation of potential strong breeze to near gale conditions. The potential for hoisting a Wind Signal No. 2 is also not ruled out,” PAGASA stated.
As of 11 am, no wind signals are declared yet.
PAGASA has warned the public, especially people living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to hazards, to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials should there be any.
Additionally, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has ordered its regional units to prepare for the possible effects of Gardo and Henry.
All concerned regional units have also been instructed to closely monitor warnings and other advisorries issued by PAGASA according to NDRRMC spokesman Bernardo Alejandro.
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