MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Hanna (international name Lekima) has intensified into a typhoon, the state weather bureau said Wednesday.

“Hanna” was last spotted 625 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, blowing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

Signal No. 1 has been raised hoisted over Batanes and the Babuyan group of islands.

By: Frances Mangosing – Reporter