SIGNAL No. 1 was raised in Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday.
In a press briefing at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Pagasa Weather Specialist Aldczar Aurelio, referring to the forecast track of the tropical storm, said that “Bukas ng hapon ay nasa Philippine Sea ang bagyong ‘Onyok’ at isang ganap na severe tropical storm. So ibig sabihin po, mula ngayon hanggang bukas ng hapon ay inaasahang lalakas ang bagyo.”
(Onyok will be over the Philippine Sea by Sunday afternoon and this will intensify into a severe tropical storm. This means that from today until Sunday afternoon, Onyok is expected to gain strength.)
“Lunes ng hapon, September 30, isang ganap na typhoon ang bagyong ‘Onyok’ at malapit ito sa Taiwan. At Martes ng hapon, inaasahang nasa labas…ito ng ating Philippine Area of Responsibility“, he said.
(On Monday, Onyok will be a typhoon and will move close to Taiwan. On Tuesday afternoon, Onyok is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility.)
“At dahil dito, nagtaas po tayo ng Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 sa Batanes at Babuyan Group of Islands. Ibig sabihin nito, makakaranas po ng maulan na panahon, may kasamang pagbugso ng hangin kung saan mararanasan ito sa susunod na 36 hour[s]”, he said.
(And because of this, we raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 over Batanes and the Babuyan Group of Islands. This means that rain and intermittent winds will be experienced in the next 36 hours.)
Tropical storm “Onyok” has slightly intensified as it moved northwest, Pagasa said in a severe weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Pagasa said that at 4 p.m., the tropical storm’s center “was estimated based on all available data at” 890 kilometers East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
“Between today and tomorrow (Sunday) morning, the trough of ‘Onyok’ will bring scattered light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas”, it said.
“Onyok” was “less likely to make landfall…throughout the forecast period”, the state weather bureau said.
Pagasa added that the weather disturbance “may intensify” into a severe tropical storm within 24 hours.
“Sea travel is risky, especially for small seacraft, over the seaboards under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 due to potentially rough sea conditions,” it said.