Issued (1230 UTC) 0830pm PhT 082015
Typhoon Goni (Bagyong Ineng) has intensified earlier today and continues to move closer to Taiwan and the Philippine Islands. The eye of Goni was last located approximately 240km southeast of Basco, Batanes or about 600km northeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are at 215kph with gusts of up to 260kph. Typhoon Goni is currently moving westward at 15kph.
As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Batanes Group of Islands, Northern Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands.
Signal #2 for Rest of Cagayan, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and Ilocos Norte.
Signal #1 for Rest of Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Benguet, La Union, and Ilocos Sur.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the eye of Goni has cleared and become more better-defined as compared to 24 hours. The system has managed to re-intensify to a Category 4 Typhoon with the help of warm waters and good upper-level outflow. As the system gets closer to parts of Luzon, we are seeing bands of light to moderate rains beginning to impact the region. Winds will also start to increase especially in extreme Northern Luzon and the islands north of that.
Typhoon Goni (Bagyong Ineng) will continue moving slowly westward over the next 24 hours. However, the system is then forecast to take a sharp turn to the north avoiding a landfall in either Luzon or Taiwan. However, the said regions will still experience stormy conditions that will persist through this weekend.
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.