MANILA, Philippines -- Typhoon "Pepeng" has accelerated as it continues to move towards Cagayan, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.
"Pepeng" has changed its course late last night and was reported to be heading to Cagayan instead of the Isabela-Aurora area as early reported.
Pagasa said as of 4 a.m. today, typhoon "Pepeng" was spotted at 260 kms southeast of Aparri, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 17 kph.
The typhoon is expected to make landfall over northern Cagayan this evening. Northern Luzon will experience stormy weather, according to the weather bureau, while Bicol region and the Eastern section of Central Luzon will have rains and gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.