Typhoon Ineng: August 19, 2015 Bagyong Ineng Update

Typhoon Ineng news updates and storm warning signals as of Wednesday, August 19, 2015 from state weather bureau PAGASA are posted here.

As of 11 a.m. today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration reported that Bagyong Ineng maintained its strength as it moves closer to extreme Northern Luzon.

At 12 noon, the tropical cyclone was spotted 780 kilometers East of Aparri, Cagayan packing maximum sustained winds of 180 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 215 kph. It is moving West at 23 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signals

Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 to 120 kph is expected in at least 24 hours):
  • Batanes Group of Islands
  • Cagayan
  • Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
Impacts of the wind:
  • Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
  • Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
  • No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
  • Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
  • A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
  • Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
  • Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
  • Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
  • In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
  • Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
  • Rice and corn may be adversely affected
  • Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down
PAGASA warned that a storm surge with wave height of 4.1 to 14 meters is possible at coastal areas.

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 to 60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours):
  • Isabela
  • Kalinga
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
Impacts of the wind:
  • Very light or no damage to high risk structures.
  • Light damage to medium to low risk structures.
  • Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged.
  • Twigs of small trees may be broken.
  • Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
State forecasters said the wave height in the open sea is 1.25 to 4 meters.

They estimated the rainfall amount to be moderate to heavy within the 700-km diameter of Typhoon Ineng.

The weather agency further said that the enhanced Habagat is currently affecting Palawan and Visayas and occasional rains over the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila are possible beginning Thursday until early next week.

Sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Luzon, PAGASA added.