Oliver Bugarin 8 0 0 6 min to read

Typhoon Henry weakens even more.

According to the weather service, Typhoon Henry is weakening even more as it crawls slowly northwest across the Philippine Sea.

Near the center, the typhoon had winds that might reach a maximum sustained speed of 165 kph and gusts as high as 205 kph. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) 11 a.m. report on Friday, it is expected to continue to diminish over the next 12 hours.

Strong breezes to nearly gale-force winds will be encountered in Batanes, where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 has been raised.

Over the Ilocos Region, Babuyan Islands, Batanes, Apayao, and Abra, “Henry” will likely deliver moderate to heavy rains, with, at times, strong showers as well.

Over Cagayan, light to moderate rain is also predicted, with some periods of heavy rain.

The southwest monsoon will bring precipitation in the next 24 hours to Isabela, Central Luzon’s western region, and the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region.

Flooding and landslides caused by rain that is isolated to dispersed are expected, especially in locations that are more vulnerable to these risks.

The northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon (Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, and the northern coast of Ilocos Norte), as well as the eastern shoreline of Central Luzon, may see strong to gale-force winds and rough to very severe waves (Aurora).

While larger sea vessels are warned against strong waves, fishing boats and other small craft are cautioned not to venture out into the water.

According to PAGASA, “Henry” is anticipated to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on either Saturday or Sunday.

No significant damage was evident.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) stated that although it does not anticipate “Henry” to cause significant damage, it will continue to watch the effects of the southwest monsoon that the weather disturbance may exacerbate.

“Although there isn’t much damage because she is already quite sick, we don’t disregard the fact that the agriculture in the Batanes and other areas of Cagayan has suffered direct harm. So, based on our protocol, saka pa lang kami gagawa ng post-disaster or quick assessment ng consequences. Antayin natin lumagpas eto. The damage caused by “Henry” is not that great because it is quite far away, but we are not discounting direct damage to agriculture in Batanes and some areas of Cagayan. However, as far as major infrastructure is concerned, there hasn’t been any major damage done there because it’s so far too far away. We shall thus wait until it has passed since, according to your policy, we can only perform a post-disaster or quick assessment of the impacts. However, because it is so far away from us, we have yet to notice any damage to the infrastructure, “Bernardo Rafaelito Alejandro IV, NDRRMC spokesperson and Assistant Secretary for the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), stated in a Laging Handa briefing.

Near the course of the storm, Batanes and Sta. Ana, Cagayan, are now experiencing bad weather.

Due to poor weather, Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco called off work in government buildings and all levels of education on Friday.

Alejandro continued, “Henry” has so far threatened us with strong seas and heavy rains in the impacted areas.

“But we will consider the potential effects of the southwest monsoon that might be boosted and brought by “Henry” in Region 1 and the CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region). So yun po, babantayan natin yan kasi ngayon hanggang bukas ay mafe-feel pa natin ang consequences ng pag-ulan. Due to the fact that the rain will continue until tomorrow (Saturday), we will be watching its consequences, “said he.

He stated that as of right now, every NDRRMC and OCD unit is prepared and awaiting any potential typhoon effects.

“However, so far, we have not received any substantial reports informing us of casualties or damage, with the exception of one in the CAR that was purportedly caused by a landslide. We have also not been able to confirm whether this incident was related to “Henry,” the victim. We are still investigating to see if this is connected to “Henry’s” impacts), “Added he.

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