Government’s weather agency sees nil chance for typhoon “Lando” (international name ‘Koppu’) to recurve and head either northwards or northwestwards in the next 24 hours.
“We instead expect ‘Lando’ to continue heading west then,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Gladys Saludes said Saturday morning (Oct. 17).
She said a high-pressure area (HPA) continues preventing ‘Lando’ from moving either northwards or northwestwards.
“Such HPA hasn’t yet weakened and moved eastwards so Lando is forced to trek westwards,” she said.
Continuous westward movement will bring Lando over Northern Luzon landmass, she noted.
PAGASA already warned of possible damage to structures and vegetation as well as storm surges and rough seas due to Lando.
In its 5 a.m. severe weather bulletin released Saturday, PAGASA located Lando at 335 kilometers east of Aurora province’s Baler municipality.
PAGASA forecast ‘Lando’ to move west at 12 kilometers per hour, slower than this typhoon’s 15 kilometers per hour speed late Friday morning (Oct. 16).
The typhoon slowed down due to the HPA and interaction with the tropical cyclone internationally codenamed ‘Champi’ some 1,900 kilometers away, said Saludes.
According to PAGASA, Lando packed maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 185 kilometers per hour.
Lando will likely make a landfall in the Aurora-Isabela area sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning (Oct. 18), PAGASA further said.
Saludes expects Lando to move westwards across Northern Luzon afterwards then begin veering northwards around Monday (Oct. 19) while over the Cordillera Mountains.
“The HPA might be weaker and moved eastward by then,” she said also.
Government already raised public storm warning signal (PSWS) 3 in Aurora, Quirino and Isabela provinces as well as Polillo Island, expecting there winds between 121 kilometers per hour and 170 kilometers per hour.
Waves in open seas off such areas can reach 14 meters high and storm surge of up to two meters high is possible in coastal locations there, PAGASA also warned.
Already under public storm warning signal 2 are Northern Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Cagayan provinces as well as Babuyan and Calayan island groups.
PAGASA expects there winds 61 kilometers per hour to 120 kilometers per hour, open sea waves of 4.10 meters to 14 meters and storm surge in coastal areas.
Under PSWS 1 are Batanes, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes provinces as well as Metro Manila.
Expected in seas off such areas are waves 1.25 meters to 4.0 meters high, PAGASA added. PNA