By Alexandria San Juan
Severe Tropical Storm “Ineng” now “Bailu” (international name) has exited the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday night.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ineng exited the country at 6 p.m. Saturday, at least four hours after it made landfall over Pingtung County in southern Taiwan.
As of 8 p.m., Ineng is now at 395 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes and has maintained its wind strength of 100 kilometers per hour and gusts of 125 kilometers per hour.
It is moving west-northwest at 25 kilometers per hour over the Taiwan Strait towards southeastern China.
Following Ineng’s exit, all Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals have been lifted but gusty conditions will still prevail over Northern Luzon due to the southwest monsoon or “habagat.”
Light to moderate with intermittent to frequent heavy rains will continue to prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Mindoro Provinces, and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.
Meanwhile, a gale warning is still in place over the seaboards of Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, Cagayan, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Aurora, Quezon including Polillo Island, Camarines Provinces, Marinduque, Burias Island, and Romblon.
Coastal waters over seaboards where a gale warning was raised will be rough to very rough with wave heights of up to 4.5 meters.
PAGASA warned fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.
Ineng was the ninth tropical cyclone to enter the country after it intensified into a tropical depression from a low-pressure area on Tuesday night.
It further enhanced into a tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon and developed to a severe tropical storm early Friday.
PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) outside the country threatening to hit Luzon’s landmass.
The weather disturbance was last spotted off 1,790 kilometers east of Mindanao on Saturday night and is expected to enter PAR by Monday.
Weather specialist Lorie Dela Cruz said the LPA may further intensify into a tropical depression as it gathers strength over the Pacific Ocean while moving towards Central and Northern Luzon where it is likely to make landfall.
Once the LPA developed into a tropical depression inside PAR, it will be locally named “Jenny,” the 10th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year