Typhoon Bising continues to rapidly intensify

Typhoon Bising continues to rapidly intensify while moving west-northwestward over the Philippine Sea, Pagasa reported on its recent bulletin, April 17.

At 4:00 AM today, the center of the eye of Typhoon “BISING” was located based on all available data at 705 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte or 775 km East of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.

It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 215 km/h.

Typhoon Bising Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no.1

  • Luzon
    • The central and eastern portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Magallanes, Matnog, Juban, Irosin, Bulan, Santa Magdalena, Bulusan, Barcelona, Casiguran, Gubat, Prieto Diaz, Sorsogon City), the eastern portion of Albay (Manito, City, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay, Tabaco City, Rapu-Rapu, Malinaw, Tiwi), the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Presentacion, Caramoan, Garchitorena), and Catanduanes
  • Visayas
    • Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, , Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Camotes Islands
    • Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur

Tomorrow (18 April), the rainbands of Typhoon “BISING” will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Camotes Islands. Under these conditions, flooding (including flashfloods) and rain-induced landslides may occur especially in areas identified in hazard maps as highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Tropical cyclone winds of at least strong breeze to near gale in strength extend outward up to 550 km from the center of the . Destructive typhoon-force winds extend outward up to 50 km from the center of the typhoon.

Based on the current forecast scenario, TCWS #2 remains the highest level of wind signal that will be hoisted due to this typhoon. However, in the event of a further eastward or westward shift in the current track forecast, highest level of wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon may be lower or higher than the current scenario suggests.

Typhoon BISING will move generally west-northwestward or northwestward over the Philippine Sea until tomorrow afternoon or evening. Afterwards, the typhoon will slow down and move northward or north-northeastward until Tuesday (20 April) early morning before moving north-northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern and Central Luzon.

Owing to favorable atmospheric and oceanic conditions, typhoon Bising has rapidly intensified over the past 24 hours. It is forecast to further intensify and reach its peak intensity (195 to 205 km/h) tomorrow.