TS ‘Luis’ continues to threaten N. Luzon

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Public Warning Signals were raised in more areas in Northern Luzon as Tropical Storm “Luis” intensified into typhoon category, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.

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The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) defines typhoon as an intense tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed exceeding 118 kph.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio told the Philippines News Agency (PNA) that as of 6 a.m. the center of typhoon Luis was located at 310 km East of Casigura, Aurora (16.0°N, 125.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

He said typhoon “Luis” continues to move west northwest at 20 kph.

If it maintains its speed and movement, he said typhoon “Luis” is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela province by Sunday evening.

Aurelio said that the state weather bureau raised public storm warning signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour (kph) is expected in at least 18 hrs) over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino and Northern Aurora.

Meanwhile, the areas placed under public storm warning signal No. 2 (61-100 kph winds is expected in at least 24 hrs) are Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya and rest of Aurora.

Public storm warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds is expected in atleast 36 hours), on the other hand, is hoisted over Batanes group of Islands, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Catanduanes and Polillo Island.

PAGASA said residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal #3 #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges of up to 2 meters.

It added the estimated rainfall amount is from 8 – 20 mm per hour (heavy – Intense) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.

Aurelio said the combined effect of the yphoon and the southwest monsoon will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flasfloods and landslides over Bicol Region, Quezon and the rest of Central Luzon while light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila and the Visayas.

Aurelio also said the state weather bureau issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Typhoon “Luis” as advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the seaboards of Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon and of Mindanao.

For Sunday forecast, PAGASA said Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region and the provinces of Aurora, Ilocos and La Union will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.

It added Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Polillo Island, Tarlac and Catanduanes will have rains with gusty winds. Bicol Region, the rest of Central Luzon and the province of Quezon will be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flasfloods and landslides while the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

The state weather bureau said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northwest to west will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country with moderate to rough seas.

Typhoon Luis is forecast to be in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City and will exit the landmass through Ilocos Norte by Monday morning.

By Tuesday morning, it is expected to be at 419 km west of Laoag City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). PNA

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