Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Typhoon Kiko will reach its peak intensity of 205 kilometers per hour on Friday while crossing Babuyan Islands, moving it closer to becoming a super typhoon.
As Jolina weakens as it exits the country early Thursday, PAGASA is keeping its radar close to Kiko (Chanthu), which could turn into a super typhoon in the coming days.
We have to take note that it’s possible to turn into a super typhoon because the 205 km/hr peak intensity is close to the super typhoon category threshold of 225 km/hr, said PAGASA weather specialist Benison Estareja.
Starting Friday evening, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains due to the Kiko may be experienced over Cagayan, where it is predicted to landfall, including Babuyan Islands, and northern Isabela.
Kiko may exit the Philippine area of responsibility and start to weaken on Sunday, while in the west coast of Taiwan.