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Typhoon Huaning (international name Soulik) weakened slightly even as it continued moving toward the Taiwan-Batanes area Thursday night, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA, in its 11 p.m. advisory, said Huaning was estimated to be 580 km east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes as of 10 p.m.

Huaning packed maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph, and was moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

Batanes remained under Storm Signal No. 1.

PAGASA projects Huaning may be 370 km north-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday evening, and 640 km north-northwest of Itbayat, Batanes or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Huaning may still bring rainfall of 10 to 46 mm per hour (heavy to torrential) within its 900-km diameter.

It warned fishermen, especially those using small seacraft, not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to big waves generated by Huaning. — DVM, GMA News

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