At least four areas in extreme Northern Luzon are under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression Nando has maintained its strength and is now moving in a northwest direction, the state weather bureau said on Monday.
Weather forecaster Jori Loiz said these are the Batanes group of islands, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands.
Winds of 45-60 kilometer per hour (kph) are expected within the next 36 hours.
Loiz said that as of 10 a.m. Monday, tropical depression Nando was located 480 kilometers East of Baler, Aurora packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.
Loiz said it is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph.
He said that with its maintaining speed and direction, Nando is expected to be out in Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday or Friday headed towards Taiwan.
Based on the bureau’s models, Nando is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country but can intensify into tropical storm since it is in the sea, he added.
Loiz said the tropical depression is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila and over Western Visayas.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Nando may bring rain of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within is 400-kilometer diameter.
It is expected to be 270 kilometers east of Tuguegarao, Cagayan by Tuesday morning, and 150 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning.
By Thursday morning, it is expected to be at 460 km north of Basco, Batanes or at 40 kms. east of northern Taiwan.
Pagasa said that sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon. PNA