TYPHOON VEERS, THREATENS BICOL REGIONQuezon City, April 18, 2003 -- Typhoon "Amang" changed direction as it neared the Philippines and is now threatening the Bicol-Samar area, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said yesterday. Signal No. 1 has been raised over Catanduanes. The typhoon, which had previously threatened Northern Luzon, changed its movement yesterday to a westward direction. It was moving at 13 kilometers per hour (kph) towards the Bicol-Samar area. The typhoon's center winds had earlier been estimated at 165 kph but it weakened yesterday to 120 kph with gustiness of up to 150 kph upon interaction with a high pressure area near Taiwan. Based on satellite and surface data, "Amang" was located at 1,020 kilometers (kms) east of Daet in Camarines Norte. It was forecast to be 730 kms east of Daet at noon today and 440 kms east of Daet by tomorrow. On Sunday, it is forecast to be close to the Bicol region, said the weather bureau. Today, those in eastern Luzon and eastern Visayas will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. Winds will be moderate to occasionally strong in the Bicol region and eastern Visayas. Coastal waters of these areas will be moderate to rough. Weather officials said they expect the typhoon to weaken further. Catanduanes will experience rains and occasional gusty winds beginning tomorrow, Saturday, PAGASA said.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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