Storm ‘Labuyo’ threatens 10 provinces


labuyoAt least 10 provinces in Luzon were placed under storm signal on Saturday as tropical storm “Labuyo” gained strength and continued to move west-northwest of Northern Luzon.

“Labuyo” was estimated 570 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes late yesterday, packing maximum winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of 135 kph.

The weather bureau placed Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Quezon including Polilio Island, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino and Catanduanes under storm signal number 1.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

The storm will enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring light to moderate rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

It is expected to be 170 km North of Virac, Catanduanes this afternoon.

By Monday afternoon, it will be in the vicinity of Sabangan, Mountain Province and by Tuesday, it will be 390 km northwest of Sinait town in Ilocos Norte.

Estimated amount of rainfall within the 400-km diameter of the tropical depression is from five to 16 millimeters per hour, which is classified as “moderate to intense.”

Aurelio added that “Labuyo” maintained its speed of 19 kph moving to west-northwest as it traversed northern Luzon and is expected to make a landfall in Isabela by Monday. However, Central Luzon and Metro Manila will be affected if the storm changes its course and moves westward.

“Labuyo” was estimated to be at 240 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Sunday morning. The storm is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday.



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