Typhoon Bising maintained its strength up to early Sunday and threatened parts of the Bicol Region and Visayas.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Bising maintained its maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 265 kph.
It is now moving northwestward at 15 kph.
PAGASA sees Bising bringing heavy rains to parts of Visayas and the Bicol Region today.
“Today (Sunday), the rain bands of Typhoon “Bising” will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region,” the weather bureau said.
“Tomorrow (April 19), moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced over Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Samar, and Eastern Samar,” it added.
The weather bureau also said Bising can cause flooding, including flashfloods, and rain-induced landslides in the areas it will affect.
Also, the typhoon will cause very rough to very high seas over the northern and eastern seaboard of Eastern Visayas (4.0 to 12.0 meters), rough to very high seas over the eastern seaboard of Luzon (2.5 to 12.0 meters), and rough to very rough seas over the eastern seaboard of Caraga (3.0 to 5.0 meters).
“Sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts over these waters,” PAGASA said.
It added that Bising’s track is not that predictable and may affect parts of Southern Luzon.“Considering the uncertainty in the track forecast of the typhoon, a westward shift in the current forecast track may result in potentially significant impacts over the eastern portions of Southern Luzon and Visayas. The possibility of a close approach scenario is not ruled out,” PAGASA added. SOVEREIGNPH