STATE weather bureau on Monday warned fishermen in Southern Luzon and the Visayas region against fishing, warning of rough waters from onslaught typhoon Labuyo (International codename: Utor) which is so far the strongest howler to hit the country this year.
“Fishermen, especially those using small sea craft, are advised not to venture out into the western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas due to big waves generated by typhoon Labuyo,” Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 a.m. weather bulletin issued on Monday.
Forecasting an enhanced southwest monsoon due to Labuyo, Pagasa said moderate to occasionally heavy downpour can be expected over the areas.
Labuyo already made landfall early Monday over Casiguran town in Aurora province, Pagasa further said in the weather bulletin.
State forecasters located the typhoon’s center at 45 km west of Casiguran as of 4 a.m.
They said Labuyo packed maximum winds of 165 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph.
Heavy to intense rainfall of 10 mm to 25 mm per hour is expected within the typhoon’s 600 km diameter, they noted.
Pagasa said Labuyo is moving west-northwest at 22 kph.
Provinces already placed under public storm Signal 3 are Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Northern Aurora.
Pagasa forecasts between 101 kph to 185 kph winds in these areas.
Government placed Calayan, Babuyan group of islands as well as Zambales, Tarlac, the rest of Aurora and Nueva Ecija provinces under signal 2, anticipating 61 kph to 100 kph winds in those areas.
“Those living in coastal areas under signals 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges,” Pagasa said.
Signal 1 is up over Polillo Island as well as Batanes, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, northern Quezon, Laguna and Cavite provinces and Metro Manila with expected winds of 45 kph to 60 kph.
“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 3, 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides,” Pagasa also said.
Public storm warning signals elsewhere in the country are already lifted, Pagasa added. PNA