THE country’s first typhoon for 2016 was formed on Sunday, as the low pressure area off Eastern Samar province has developed into a tropical depression and has been named Ambo.
According to state weather forecasters, the cyclone’s center was estimated at 182 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.
It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour, moving west northwest at 19 kph.
It was expected to make landfall over Aurora province today.
However, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said it is expected to weaken after making landfall.
The cyclone is expected to cross Northern Luzon and could move west of Ilocos region by Monday night.
The estimated rainfall amount within Ambo’s 200-kilometer diameter was 2.5 to 10 millimeters per hour or moderate to heavy.
Pagasa said occasional moderate to heavy rains is expected over Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Bicol starting on Sunday.
Tropical cyclone Signal No. 1 has been raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, northern Quezon including Polillo Islands, Aurora and Quirino.
Cruz said flashfloods and landslides are expected in these areas.
FRANCIS EARL A. CUETO