‘Santi’ weakens after crossing Central Luzon; may exit PAR by Sunday

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After making landfall in Aurora, Typhoon “Santi” (international name Nari) has slightly weakened while crossing Central Luzon and is moving towards the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

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In a phone interview, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 6 a.m. the eye of the typhoon “Santi” was located 40 km west of Iba, Zambales.

Aurelio said “Santi” made landfall over Dingalan in Aurora around 11 p.m. Friday which slightly weakened but still in typhoon category.

Santi’s wind strength decreased from 150 kph to 120 kph while its gustiness also dropped from 185 kph to 150 kph.

Aurelio said that Santi’s movement west and accelerated at 22 kph and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility before dawn Sunday headed towards Vietnam.

As “Santi” exits the country, a gradual improvement in Luzon weather is expected starting Saturday night.

“Santi” is expected to be at 470 km west of Iba, Zambales Sunday morning or outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

Meanwhile, Aurelio said that at least 21 areas in Luzon including Metro Manila are still under public storm warning signals.

Aurelio said that storm warning signal no. 3 remains hoisted over Zambales and Pangsinan, where winds of more than 100 kph up to 185 kph will be expected in at least 18 hours.

He said five areas have been placed under storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) namely: La Union, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga and Bataan.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Lubang Island.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals no. 3, 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal no. 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges,” PAGASA said.

The weather bureau said Santi may bring rainfall of 7.5 to 25.0 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-km diameter of the typhoon.

“Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas,” warned PAGASA

Meanwhile, Aurelio said that the weather agency continues to monitor a tropical storm internationally codenamed Wipha hovering off Pacific Ocean.

Aurelio said that they expect the cyclone to enter the country on Monday.

Once it enters the Philippine territory, Perez said it will be named “Tino.”

However, he noted that just like typhoon “Ramil,” it will only stay briefly in the Philippine area of responsibility and is not expected to hit land in any part of the country.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that the rest of Luzon, Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while rest of the Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

It added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast over Northern Luzon and coming from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

PAGASA also said strong to gale-force winds associated with typhoon Santi is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and the western seaboard of Visayas.

“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. PNA

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