‘Lando’ weakens

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ONE SWINE DAY A man stands with his rescued sow and suckling piglets as people (background) wade through a flooded highway in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija. AFP PHOTO

ONE SWINE DAY A man stands with his rescued sow and suckling piglets as people (background) wade through a flooded highway in Santa Rosa, Nueva Ecija. AFP PHOTO

Typhoon Lando (international name: Koppu) has weakened as it traverses the coastline of the Ilocos region.

It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday or Sunday, the state weather bureau, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Servicse Administration (Pagasa), said on Monday.

Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio in a news briefing said Lando is expected to exit the Philippine landmass by Tuesday.

Aurelio added that the weather in Metro Manila by Tuesday would be better than Monday’s.


“Here in Metro Manila, we can still expect cloudy weather with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms,” he said.

“Expect an improved weather condition nationwide by Friday or Saturday. We’re not expecting another weather disturbance after Lando, so the weather would be fine next week,” Aurelio added.

He said the Category 5 Typhoon Champi, which was seen in the Pacific Ocean, will not enter the PAR.

As of 4 p.m Monday, the center of “severe tropical storm” Lando was tracked at 45 kilometers west-southwest of Laoag City (Ilocos Norte) and packs maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.
According to Aurelio, Lando is forecast to move north-northeast at 5 kph.

Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 600 km diameter of the severe tropical storm.

“Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas as storm surges may still reach a maximum of up to 2 meters in the provinces affected by the severe tropical storm.” Aurelio said.

On Tuesday morning, Lando is expected to be at 15 km of Claveria (Cagayan).

By Wednesday, it is expected to be at 50 km northeast of Calayan (Cagayan) and by Thursday will be at 55 km east-southeast of Itbayat (Batanes).

The typhoon is expected to weaken on its way and might be downgraded to tropical storm status as early as Tuesday.

Pagasa lifted the storm warning signal in Metro Manila early Monday.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 is up over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province and Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands where they can experience winds of 61 to 120 kph within 24 hours.

Signal No.1 is up over La Union, Pangasinan, Ifugao, Benguet, Batanes, Isabela, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Tarlac and Pampanga with winds of 30 to 60 kph expected in 36 hours.

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