(UPDATE) TYPHOON ‘Betty’ (international name: “Mawar”) slightly weakened Sunday as it moved closer to Northern Luzon.
Its maximum sustained winds weakened to 165 kilometers per hour from 175 kph near the center while its gustiness decreased from 215 km/h to 205 km/h based on the 5 p.m. weather bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pagasa said the eye of the typhoon was estimated based on all available data 630 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The typhoon also slightly decelerated to 15 km/h.
“Betty” is expected to maintain its track until Monday, but it will not hit land.
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The weather bureau placed more areas in Northern Luzon under Signal No. 1.
The alert now covers Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, the northern and central portions of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Lagayan, San Juan, Lagangilang, Licuan-Baay, Malibcong, Danglas, La Paz, Dolores, Tayum, Bucay, Sallapadan, Daguioman, Bucloc, Boliney), Kalinga, the eastern and central portions of Mountain Province (Sadanga, Barlig, Natonin, Paracelis, Bontoc), the eastern and central portions of Ifugao (Mayoyao, Aguinaldo, Alfonso Lista, Banaue,