• Isang maintains strength and accelerates


    TROPICAL Depression Isang has maintained its strength and accelerated while traversing the Balintang channel, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical an d Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

    Weather Forecaster Jun Galang said as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday Isang was at 120 km North Northwest of Aparri, Cagayan packed with maximum winds 55 kph near the center and it accelerates from 15 kph to 22 kph forecast to move north northwest.

    Galang said that Isang made another landfall in Calayan Island at about 10 a.m. and expected to intensify while exiting the country.

    He added Isang continued to move at northwest at 22 kph with this speed is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday night or Thursday morning towards southern China.

    Meanwhile, Galang said that public storm warning signal number one still raised in Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan including Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Batanes Group of Islands while in other provinces the public storm warning is now lifted.

    It advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

    Estimated rainfall amount within the 300-km diameter of the cyclone is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, which is classified as “moderate to heavy.”

    Galang said Isang will enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

    Pagasa said that Isang was forecast to move at 540 km Northwest of Aparri, Cagayan or out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday morning. PNA



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