Batanes braces for 'Hanna' as it continues to recover from quake

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 7) — The northernmost province of Batanes is preparing for the impact of Typhoon Hanna, just days after it was hit by twin quakes which killed eight people.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is up over Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands.

Speaking to CNN Philippines Wednesday, Governor Marilou Cayco said officials have asked people living in tents after their homes were damaged in the July quakes to seek shelter with relatives.

"Wala na hong nasa tent, kung mayroon man, gamit lang ata nag naroon sa mga tent," she said.

[Translation: There are no more people in tents, only their things remain there.]

The local government is continuing to provide for the needs of earthquake victims, Cayco said.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Hanna was last spotted 630 kilometers (km) east of Basco. Batanes and is far from hitting land.

It is moving northwest and has intensified slghtly with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph0 near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph.

Apart from Hanna, the southwest monsoon (habagat) dumps rains in parts of the country.

Moderate to heavy monsoon rains are expected over the northern portions of Palawan (including Calamian and Cuyo Islands), Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Zambales, Bataan, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

PAGASA says it is maintaining its forecast for Hanna exiting its monitoring area by Friday.