Public storm warning signal no. 2 was raised over the Batanes group of Islands as Tropical Storm Nando (international name: Kong-Rey) has gained strength and continues to move in a north northwest direction, the state weather forecaster said on Tuesday.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Batanes, placed under public storm warning signal number 2, will experience 61-100 kph winds while signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over the provinces of Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, Apayao and Isabela.
As of 5 a.m. tropical storm Nando was spotted at 195 km east of Aparri town, Cagayan as it gained wind strength from 65 kph on Monday afternoon to 75 kph on Tuesday morning while its gustiness also rose from 80 kph to 90 kph.
Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said Nando is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country.
Loiz also said that Nando is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday or Friday headed towards Taiwan.
Nando is moving north-northwest at 15 kph and is expected to be 115 km northeast of Basco town, Batanes by Wednesday morning.
By Thursday morning, it is expected to be 390 km north of Basco, Batanes, and by Friday morning, it is expected to be 680 km north of Basco, Batanes or 250 km northeast of Taiwan.
Pagasa said Nando may bring rainfall of 10 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-km diameter.
It added that Nando may enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains and thunderstorms over the rest of Luzon.
“Sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon,” it said.
Pagasa also said that the Batanes group of islands will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.
It added Isabela, Apayao and Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan group of islands will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms while the Visayas and Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Luzon, Visayas and Eastern Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.
The weather agency also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Nando to affect the Eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.
“Fishermen and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. PNA