TYPHOON STILL A THREAT TO BATANESManila, April 21, 2003 -- Typhoon Amang (International name: Kujira) moved closer to the extreme northern islands of the Philippines on Monday, prompting the government weather station to hoist the second stage of a three-step storm alert over the area. Kujira, packing maximum winds of 160 kilometers per hour, was charted at 4:00 am Monday, about 390 kilometers southeast of Basco, the capital of the Batanes island chain, the government weather station said. The typhoon, moving northwest at 13 kilometers per hour, is expected to be just 50 kilometers northwest of Basco by Wednesday. The second level of the three-stage storm alert has been raised over the Batanes islands while the first level alert has been hoisted over the northern provinces of the main Philippine island of Luzon. Civil defense officials said disaster relief and rescue personnel in those areas have been placed on alert.
Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi
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