A new tropical Cyclone named CHANTHU ("Kiko" in the Philippines) formed over the Philippine Sea on 6 September and is moving west-northwest towards north Luzon. On 9 September at 2.00 UTC, its centre was located about 410 km northeast of Catanduanes Island (Bicol Region) with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h.
CHANTHU is forecast to move northwest crossing the northern Babuyan Islands and central Batanes Islands on 10-11 September. After that, it will make landfall over southern Taiwan on 11-12 September and it coul approach the eastern coast of Zhejiang Province (eastern China) on 13 September.
For the next 24 hours, heavy rain and strong winds are forecast over the Babuyan Islands and northern Luzon. A tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 (strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours) is in effect for the Provinces of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao and Isabela (northern Luzon).