Storm signals remain raised as ‘Ineng’ slightly intensifies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 23)— Residents of Luzon, including Metro Manila, and parts of Visayas can expect continued rains until Saturday due to the combined effects of Severe Tropical Storm “Ineng” and the southwest monsoon, the weather bureau said Friday.

In its 11 p.m. update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 over Batanes and Babuyan Islands, as Ineng has slightly intensified.

That means 61 kilometers per hour winds to 120 kph winds may be expected within 24 hours.

Signal No. 1 is meanwhile raised over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Northern Abra, and Ilocos Norte, where intermittent rains or 30-60 kph winds may be expected within 36 hours.

Apart from these areas, PAGASA said Cagayan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Mindoro Provinces and northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands) may also expect light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains.

Weather officials maintained that Ineng is still unlikely to make landfall. It is also expected to leave the Philippine cyclone monitoring area on Saturday evening.

“Ineng” was last spotted at 260 kilometers east southeast of Basco, Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of 100 kph and gusts of up to 125 kph. It is moving northwest at 20 kph.