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Igme strengthens; Signal no 3 up in Batanes, Babuyan islands

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:28:00 07/27/2008

MANILA, Philippines–Typhoon “Igme” (international codename: Fung Wong) intensified as it moved closer to the northernmost province of Batanes and Taiwan on Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

At 10 a.m., the eye of the storm, which packs maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 160 kilometers per hour, was spotted 280 kilometers east northeast of Basco, Batanes, the state weather bureau said.

Moving west northwest at 11 kilometers per hour, the storm was forecast to be at 290 kilometers north of Basco by Monday morning, and 580 kilometers north northwest of Basco or 260 kilometers west northwest of Taipei, Taiwan by Tuesday morning, PAGASA said.

Public storm signal number 3 (100 to 185 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the Batanes and Babuyan islands while signal number 2 (60 to 100 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte, PAGASA said.

Signal number 1 (30 to 60 kilometer per hour winds) was raised in the provinces of Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Benuet, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, it said.

“Typhoon ‘Igme’ will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao particularly over the Western sections,” the weather bureau said.

Residents in coastal areas were warned against big waves while those in low-lying areas and mountain slopes were warned against flash floods and landslides.

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