TYPHOON “Betty” is almost stationary in the waters off the tip of Northern Luzon and is expected to unleash rains that could generate floods, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Monday.
Hardly moving at 20 kilometers per hour (kph), Betty will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rain to a wide swathe of the country, Esperanza Cayanan, Pagasa’s officer in charge, said.
It is expected to linger until late Wednesday or Thursday, when it could gradually accelerate toward the waters east of Taiwan and the southern portion of Ryukyu Islands, Cayanan said.
Storm Signal No. 2 has been raised in Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands.
Government officials began evacuating thousands of villagers, shut down schools and offices, and imposed a no-sail ban Monday ahead of the typhoon.
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