• ‘Dodong’ makes landfall in northern Cagayan

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    TYPHOON Dodong made landfall in Santa Ana, Cagayan, the northern tip of Luzon, late on Sunday afternoon.

    State weather forecaster Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Dodongmade landfall at 4:45 p.m. over Barangay Pananapan in Santa Ana.

    Pagasa has placed fifteen areas under storm signals, with four of them under Signal No. 4.

    Dodong packed maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

    Dodong is forecast to move north-northwest at 17 kph and is expected to be 170 kilometers north-northeast of Basco, Batanes on Monday afternoon, and 830 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday afternoon on its way out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

    Under Storm Signal No. 4 are: Northeastern Cagayan; Batanes; Babuyan; and Calayan Islands

    Those under Storm Signal No. 3 are: Rest of Cagayan; Isabela; and Apayao.

    Under Storm Signal No. 2 are: Northern Aurora; Kalinga; Mountain Province; Ifugao; Ilocos Norte; and Abra.

    Under Storm Signal No. 1 are: Rest of Aurora; Ilocos Sur; and Quirino.

    Pagasa said Dodong may bring heavy to intense rainfall within its 150-kilometer diameter.

    The weather bureau reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

    Storm surges of up to two meters are possible over Gonzaga and Santa Ana in Cagayan.

    Fisher folk were reminded not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon.

    In its 24-hour forcast, Pagasa said stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos Norte and Northern Aurora while Ilocos Sur and the rest of Aurora will have rains with gusty winds.

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