Severe Tropical Storm Ineng heads for southern
Taiwan-Batanes area 1

Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) is 330 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes, as of Friday afternoon, August 23

Published 6:20 PM, August 23, 2019

Updated 6:20 PM, August 23, 2019

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Satellite image of Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) as of August 23, 2019, 5 pm. Image from NOAA

Satellite image of Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) as of August 23, 2019, 5 pm. Image from NOAA

MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) maintained its strength while moving toward the southern Taiwan-Batanes area on Friday afternoon, August 23.

In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ineng is already 330 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes. It is moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Ineng continues to have maximum winds of 95 km/h and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

It is expected to maintain its severe tropical storm status for the rest of its stay inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It is unlikely to become a typhoon.

The following tropical cyclone wind signals are raised:

Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 km/h to 120 km/h)

  • Batanes
  • Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)

  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • northern part of Abra
  • Ilocos Norte

Ineng is unlikely to make landfall, but it will be closest to Batanes on Saturday morning, August 24. Strong winds are expected in areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2.

Ineng is also enhancing the or hanging habagat, which is another source of rain.

Below is the latest list of areas affected by rain from Ineng and/or the southwest monsoon.

Friday evening, August 23

  • Moderate to heavy rain
    • Batanes
    • Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
    • Ilocos Norte
    • Ilocos Sur
    • Apayao
    • Kalinga
    • Abra
  • Light to heavy rain
    • Metro Manila
    • Zambales
    • Bataan
    • Cavite
    • Laguna
    • Batangas
    • Rizal
    • Occidental Mindoro
    • Oriental Mindoro
    • northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands
    • rest of Ilocos Region
    • rest of Cordillera Administrative Region
    • rest of Cagayan Valley
    • Aklan
    • Antique
    • western part of Iloilo

Saturday, August 24

  • Moderate to heavy rain
    • Batanes
    • Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Light to heavy rain
    • Ilocos Region
    • Cordillera Administrative Region
    • Cagayan
    • Zambales
    • Bataan
    • Metro Manila
    • Cavite
    • Laguna
    • Batangas
    • Rizal
    • Occidental Mindoro
    • Oriental Mindoro
    • northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands

Residents of those areas must stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: )

Travel is also risky in the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2, as well as in the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas.

A gale warning was issued at 5 pm on Friday due to Ineng. PAGASA warned of rough to very rough seas with wave heights reaching 2.8 meters to 4.5 meters in the following areas:

  • Aurora
  • eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Island
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • eastern coast of Albay
  • eastern coast of Sorsogon
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Leyte

PAGASA said fishing boats and other small vessels should not set sail, while larger vessels must watch out for big waves.

Based on its latest forecast track, Ineng will leave PAR on Saturday evening.

Forecast track of Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) as of August 23, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Severe Tropical Storm Ineng (Bailu) as of August 23, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

Ineng is the Philippines’ 9th tropical cyclone for 2019 and the 2nd for August. (READ: )

The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from August to December:

  • August – 2 to 4
  • September – 2 to 4
  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 1 or 2
  • December – 0 or 1

PAGASA declared the start of the last June 14. – Rappler.com