MAUNDY THURSDAY TYPHOON HITTING NORTH LUZONQuezon City, April 17, 2003 -- Typhoon Amang (international name: Kujira), which developed in the vicinity of the Caroline Islands late last week, has intensified further and will reach northern Luzon by Thursday afternoon, a report from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday. As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the typhoon was estimated at 1,460 kms southeast of Northern Luzon (13.5°N, 136.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph. The eye of the typhoon is estimated at 1,150 kms southeast of northern Luzon by Thursday afternoon, 790 kms east southeast of northern Luzon by Friday afternoon and at 400 kms east of northern Luzon by Saturday afternoon. Areas likely to be affected by the typhoon include Cagayan Valley, Bicol and Cordillera Administrative Region.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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