TYPHOON “Bising” has slowed down but maintained its strength as it moved toward mainland Cagayan and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, the state-run weather agency said on Wednesday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 11 a.m. advisory that Signal No. 1 is still up over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the eastern portion of Apayao (Luna, Santa Marcela, Flora and Pudtol), the eastern portion of Kalinga (Pinukpuk and Rizal), the eastern portion of Isabela (Ilagan, San Mariano, Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, San Pablo, Cabagan, Tumauini, Santa Maria, Delfin Albano, Santo Tomas, Quezon, Quirino, Gamu, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, Reina Mercedes, Mallig, Burgos, Roxas, Cauayan City, Luna, San Manuel, Cabatuan, Aurora, Dinapigue, San Mateo, Alicia, Angadanan, San Guillermo, Echague, Jones, San Agustin and San Isidro), the northeastern portion of Quirino (Maddela) and the northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran and Dilasag) in Luzon.

Weather forecaster Chris Perez said the typhoon was moving northwestward at 10 kilometers per hour (kph) and has maximum sustained winds of 175kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215kph.

As of 10 a.m., Perez said the center of the eye of Bising, expected to gradually weaken throughout the remainder of the forecast period, was 360km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Based on the agency’s forecast track, the typhoon will move generally northward or north-northwestward until Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning when it would be nearest to the landmass of Northern Luzon.

“Afterwards, Bising, which may exit the PAR on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, will move northeastward away from the landmass throughout Thursday and east-northeastward on Friday and Saturday,” Perez said.

Pagasa said the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela will experience stormy weather while the rest of Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, eastern portion of Mountain Province, the eastern portion of Ifugao, Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes and Polillo Islands will experience rains with gusty winds caused by the typhoon.

Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may prevail over the rest of the Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Norte, Nueva Ecija, Albay and the rest of Quezon while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies and isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms, the weather bureau said.

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