Typhoon Hanna barrels towards Batanes; OCD, ARMM on red alert

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Typhoon Hanna (international name: Soudelor) has maintained its strength and continues to move towards Batanes, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin on Thursday (August 6).

As of 4 p.m., the eye of the typhoon was located at 715 km east of Basco, Batanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and gustiness of 200 kph.

It is expected to move west northwest at 20 kph with the following forecast positions:

24 hour (Friday afternoon): 290 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes

48 hour (Saturday afternoon): Outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) or at 460 km Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes

72 hour (Sunday afternoon): Outside PAR or at 895 km Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes

96 hour (Monday afternoon): Outside PAR or at 1290 km Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes

Signal No. 1 was raised in the province of Batanes including Itbayat and Calayan, and in the Babuyan Group of Islands.

Alert levels raised

Hanna is expected to bring moderate to heavy rain within its 700 km diameter.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Operations Center raised its status to a blue alert on Wednesday morning (August 5).

Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Councils (RDRRMC) in Calabarzon, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Soccsksargen were also placed under blue alert.

The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), on the other hand, were on red alert status.

A blue alert means half of the agency's personnel are on standby, while a red alert places all of the personnel should be at their posts.

The OCD in Northern Mindanao, also on red alert status, on Wednesday said seven people were missing in Valencia City, Bukidnon last Tuesday due to flooding.

The southwest monsoon or "habagat" is currently affecting Palawan, Bicol Region, Visayas, and Mindanao.

PAGASA advised fisherfolk not to venture out over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao.

CNN Philippines' string correspondent Cheng Ordonez contributed to this report.