MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has slightly weakened and decelerated while moving west-northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Catanduanes, the state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday (April 18).
Tropical cyclone wind signal number (TCWS) #2 remains hoisted over Catanduanes in Luzon and Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar in the Visayas.
This means, winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h may be expected in at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, TCWS#1 is in effect over the following areas:
The eastern portion of Camarines Norte (San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Vinzons, Talisay, Daet, Mercedes, Basud), Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the northern portion of Cebu (Tabogon, Borbon, San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands
These areas under TCWS#1 will experience winds of 30km/h to 60km/h in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours.,
Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, typhoon Bising will begin to move slowly towards the northwest direction over the Philippine Sea east of Bicol Region until Monday early morning (April 19).
The typhoon will then move generally northward until Tuesday afternoon (April 20) before turning north northwestward while over the Philippine Sea east of Cagayan Valley.
By Wednesday early morning, the typhoon is forecast to turn northeastward or east northeastward away from the landmass of Luzon.
The typhoon is forecast to gradually weaken throughout the forecast period.
At 4:00 p.m. Sunday (April 18), Typhoon Bising was located at 290 km East of Virac, Catanduanes, packed with maximum sustained winds of 205 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 250 km/h while moving west northwestward at 15 km/h.