Some Luzon areas remain under Signal No. 1 as 'Bising' maintains strength

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 21) — Some Luzon areas remain under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 as Typhoon Bising (international name: Surigae) maintains its strength, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

In its 11 p.m. update, PAGASA said Batanes, the eastern portions of Isabela and Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands, remain under Signal No. 1. These areas may expect winds of up to 60 kph within 36 hours.

The eye of the typhoon was last located 340 km East of Aparri, Cagayan or 355 km East of Calayan, Cagayan, maintaining maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 205 kph.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has counted three people dead from Bising's fury, as well as 10 injured and one missing in the regions of Bicol, Central and Eastern Visayas, and Davao. The three fatalities were reported pinned down by trees felled by strong winds.

At least 59,098 families or nearly 230,000 individuals have been temporarily displaced in Bicol region, Eastern Visayas and CARAGA due to the typhoon. The tally includes those who have taken shelter in evacuation centers and those who sought shelter with relatives or friends, the NDRRMC said.

PAGASA said Bising is accelerating northward at 15 kph. It is forecast to move generally in that direction or north northwestward tonight until Thursday away from the landmass of Luzon before heading east northeast on Friday and east on Saturday.

The agency also noted that the weather system is seen to gradually weaken throughout the remaining forecast period and will be downgraded to severe tropical storm category by Friday and tropical storm category by Saturday.

Bising is projected to exit the country's area of responsibility Sunday morning.