At least 28 areas in Luzon including Metro Manila are now under public storm warning signals as tropical storm “Santi” slightly intensified as it continues to move west towards Aurora-Isabela area, the state weather forecaster said on Thursday.
Pagasa said that Isabela, Aurora and Northern Quezon including Polilio Islands placed under public storm warning signal number 2 will experience 61-100 kph winds while signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds) was hoisted over Southern Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Beguet, La Union, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, the rest of Quezon, Camarines provinces and Catanduanes.
Pagasa said that residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #2 are alerted against storm surges.
As of 10 p.m., the center of tropical storm Santi was located at 410 km east of Baler town, Aurora province.
It added that Santi’s wind strength increased from 95 kilometers per hour (kph) on Thursday afternoon to 105 kph in the evening while its gustiness also rose from 120 kph to 135 kph
Tropical storm Santi maintained its movement and speed as forecast to move west at 15 kph.
Pagasa also said that areas within the cyclone’s 400-km diameter will experience rainfall amounting from 5 to 20 millimeters, which is classified as “moderate to intense.”
Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz said they expect “Santi” to further strengthen before it makes landfall between Aurora and Isabela provinces on Saturday morning
Loiz said they expect “Santi” to leave the country’s area of responsibility on Sunday and will move towards Vietnam.
Tropical Storm Santi is expected to be at 80 km east of Baler, Aurora by tomorrow evening and at 200 km west of Dagupan City by Saturday evening and by Sunday evening, it is expected to be at 610 km west of Baguio City.
Pagasa also said that sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the Visayas. PNA