Twin typhoons over Pacific threaten Philippines, Japan and Taiwan

MANILA, Philippines - Two strong typhoons have formed over the Pacific with Typhoon Goni ( local name: Bagyong Ineng) projected to make landfall in Batanes (northern Philippines) on Friday or Saturday then possibly striking Taiwan and southern Japan.

Typhoon Goni Atsani
Twin typhoons head over Asia. Photo: CNN
More powerful Typhoon Atsani packing with winds of 155 mph (250kph) and gusting to 186 mph (300kph), is forecast to spin over open waters, curving east, well south of Japan according to a report from CNN.

State weather bureau PAGASA on Friday afternoon said that Typhoon Ineng continues to move slowly and now closer to Batanes and Calayan Group of Islands. At 10:00 AM today, the eye of the typhoon was located based on Basco doppler radar and all available data at 130 km East of Calayan, Cagayan (19.3°N, 122.7°E).

Typhoon Ineng or Goni has a maximum sustained winds of 170 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 205 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 7 kph.

'Goni' is expected to exacerbate monsoons in the Philippines and may dump heavy rain over Manila and western Luzon.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 (121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.)

  • Batanes Group of Islands
  • Northern Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 (61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.)

  • Rest of Cagayan
  • Northern Isabela
  • Kalinga
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 (30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.)

  • Rest of Isabela
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Ilocos Sur

Over the weekend, Goni is then expected to stay east of Taiwan. On Monday, the typhoon is forecast to move over the Japanese Ryuku Islands.

Two super typhoons a rarity?

Typhoon Goni and Atsani at Pacific

"Twin typhoons are common in the western Pacific, occurring several times a year, but two super typhoons at the same time would be rare event," CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller said.

He added that Goni will be considered as a super typhoon if the wind strength will increase to 18 mph (29kph).

If so, "it would be the first time we have had two super typhoons in the west Pacific at the same time since 1997," Miller said.

Reports said that the phenomenon is triggered due to El Nino event or warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean mainly along the equator.

This 2015, a total of five super typhoons roiled in the western Pacific, when there's typically only one at this point in the year.

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