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Typhoon Kristine Weakens; May Exit PAR Tonight

In a weather bulletin by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration, as of 11am September 05, typhoon ‘Kristine’ has slightly weakened and continues to move northwestward. Here is the official report:

No Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal

‘Kristine’ is forecast to continue moving northwestward until it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight. It is then expected to turn north-northwestward beginning tonight and pass close to Northern Amami Islands and Tokara Islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago (Japan) between tomorrow noon and evening. Afterwards, the typhoon will head towards the sea off the west coast of Kyushu (Japan) and the Korean Peninsula.

This typhoon is forecast to maintain its current intensity within the next 24 to 36 hours before gradually weakening while moving closer towards mainland Japan. However, a slight intensification to 195-205 km/h within the next 24 to 36 hours remains a possibility

Hazards affecting land and coastal waters: ‘Kristine’ is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country throughout the forecast period. Gale Warning is in effect for the seaboards of Batanes and Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) due to rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m). Sea travel is risky over these areas. Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) will be experienced over the eastern seaboards of Luzon (except for areas under Gale Warning) and Visayas. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precaution while venturing out to sea.

Location of eye/center At 10:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon ” Kristine ” was located based on all available data at 1,080 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (24.1°N, 131.7°E). Strength Maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 230 km/h. Movement Moving Northwestward at 15 km/h.

Forecast Positions

24 Hour (Tomorrow morning): 1,155 km Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (Outside PAR) (27.4°N, 130.4°E); 48 Hour (Monday morning):1,640 km North Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon (Outside PAR) (33.7°N, 129.2°E)

The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next update to be incorporated in the 4 PM Public Weather Forecast and in the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.

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