Typhoon Betty, which is now slowing east of Batanes, is hitting parts of the Philippines. Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) have been issued by the state meteorological agency PAGASA to warn inhabitants and safeguard their safety. This page includes a summary of the impacted locations, the typhoon's expected route, and the preventative steps being taken to limit its damage.

Signal No. 2 up in Batanes, some parts of Cagayan as Betty slows down

Winds of a Tropical Cyclone

PAGASA has issued TCWS No. 2 over Batanes and northern Cagayan, including the Babuyan Islands. The remainder of mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, and other territories are covered by TCWS No. 1. These indications are key markers for people and local authorities to prepare for the typhoon's probable impact.

In its 11 a.m. PAGASA advisory, the Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is hoisted in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • The northeastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga) including Babuyan Islands

Meanwhile, the TCWS No. 1 is raised over the following areas:

  • The rest of mainland Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • The northern and central portions of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan, Dipaculao, Baler)
  • Quirino
  • The northeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Kasibu, Quezon, Solano, Bagabag, Diadi, Villaverde, Bayombong, Ambaguio)
  • The northern portion of Catanduanes (Caramoran, Viga, Gigmoto, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, Pandan)
  • The northeastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Garchitorena, Lagonoy, Tinambac, Siruma)
  • Pollilo Islands
  • The northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga, Talisay, Daet, Mercedes, Basud)
  • The northern and central portions of Ilocos Sur (Gregorio del Pilar, Magsingal, San Esteban, Banayoyo, Cervantes, Burgos, Santiago, San Vicente, Santa Catalina, Lidlidda, Nagbukel, Sinait, Sigay, San Ildefonso, Galimuyod, Quirino, City of Vigan, San Emilio, Cabugao, Caoayan, San Juan, Santa, Bantay, Santo Domingo, Santa Maria, Narvacan, Salcedo, City of Candon)

Slower Movement and a Planned Path

Typhoon Betty has slowed to 15 kilometers per hour as it heads northwestward. PAGASA forecasts that it will continue to slow or become virtually stationary while moving over the seas east of Batanes from Tuesday to Wednesday. As a result, by late Wednesday or Thursday, the typhoon is forecast to move north-northeastward and gradually speed towards the seas east of Taiwan and the southern half of the Ryukyu Islands.

Minimal Land Area Impact

Fortunately, PAGASA Officer-in-Charge Esperanza Cayanan has informed the people that Typhoon Betty would not directly affect the Batanes or Cagayan islands. The typhoon is now in the ocean, and the prediction is that it will weaken more as it moves through the seas to the northwest. Dry air and a lack of precipitation entering the storm are also factors leading to its weakening.

Preparation and Reaction

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has activated its emergency preparation and response processes in response to the storm. Pre-emptive evacuations have been carried out by local government entities to guarantee the safety of citizens in susceptible locations. Food kits are being distributed to impacted households by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Classes in certain locations have been canceled, and some planes have been rerouted as a precaution.


As Typhoon Betty continues to weaken east of Batanes, preventive steps have been put in place to protect the vulnerable communities. Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals serve as an important warning for communities to prepare for possible consequences. Although the typhoon is not forecast to impact land directly, it is critical to be attentive and heed the advice of local authorities and meteorological services. Continuous monitoring and reaction actions by relevant entities try to reduce the typhoon's possible threats.


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