At least six provinces in Luzon are now under public storm warning signal no.1 as tropical storm “Santi” intensified further as it moves closer to Eastern Luzon, the state weather forecaster said on Thursday.
in its update, weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds) was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon and Camarines Norte.
PAGASA advised residents of areas under Public Storm Warning Signal #1 to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Pura said as of 10 a.m. the center of tropical storm Santi was located at 350 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 580 km East of Baler, Aurora.
Pura also said that Santi’s wind strength increase from 75 kph Thursday morning to 95 kph before noon while its gustiness also rose from 90 kph to 120 kph.
“Santi” forecast to move west northwest at 11 kph.
Pura noted that if Santi maintains its present direction and speed, it is expected to make landfall in Central and Northern Luzon on Saturday.
He added that areas within its 400-km diameter of tropical storm will experience rains amounting from 5 to 20 millimeters, which is classified as “moderate to intense.”
Pura said Santi is expected to linger in the Philippine territory until weekend and will likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday or Tuesday headed towards Vietnam.
Santi is forecast to be at 340 km east of Baler, Aurora by Friday morning.
It also expected to be at 80 km east of Baler, Aurora by Saturday morning and expected to be 60 km Northwest of Iba, Zambales by Sunday morning.
PAGASA also said sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Eastern Visayas. PNA