Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 30) – Typhoon Hinnamnor intensified as it moved towards the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), data from U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) showed.

According to JTWC’s bulletin released on Monday, the typhoon has maximum sustained winds reaching 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 230 kilometers.

The typhoon is currently above the Pacific Ocean, north east of PAR and heading towards the vicinity of Japan.

A tropical cyclone with a maximum wind speed exceeding 185 kph or more than 100 knots could be considered a super typhoon, based on the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) system.

The state weather bureau said the typhoon will directly hit Taiwan or Southern Japan and could only linger in the Philippine Sea before exiting PAR.

PAGASA said Hinnamnor could reach PAR by Wednesday or Thursday and would be named Gardo once it enters the country.