MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Bising has maintained its strength as it continues to pour moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and Leyte.
According to state weather agency PAGASA, as of 4:00 a.m. Monday (April 19), the eye of the typhoon was located at 250 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. It is moving north northwestward at 10 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #2 remains in effect over the areas of:
* Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy), the eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Legazpi City, Manito), and the eastern and central portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Casiguran, Juban, Magallanes, Bulan, Bulusan, Irosin, Santa Magdalena, Matnog)
* Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran
Said areas will experience winds of greater than 61 km/h and up to 120 km/h in at least 24 hours.
Meanwhile, TCWS#1 is hoisted in the areas of:
* The eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), the northern portion of Aurora (Casiguran, Dilasag), the southeastern portion of Quezon (Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan) including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, the rest of Sorsogon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
* Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the northern portion of Cebu (Tabogon, Borbon, San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
* Dinagat Islands, Siargao Islands, and Bucas Grande Islands
Winds of 30-60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.
According to PAGASA’s forecast, typhoon Bising will move generally northward or north northwestward until Wednesday (April 21) evening or Thursday (April 22) early morning.
Afterwards, the typhoon will move northeastward throughout Thursday and east northeastward on Friday away from the landmass of Luzon.
The typhoon is forecast to maintain its current intensity in the next 12 to 24 hours before gradually weakening throughout the remainder of the forecast period.