Saturday, September 13, 2014
Storm Signal Raised Over 5 Areas in Eastern Luzon
Tropical storm “Luis” (international name Kalmaegi) further intensified while at sea and moved closer to Northern Luzon, prompting the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) to raise storm warning Signal No. 1 over five areas in the eastern section of Luzon before Saturday noon.
PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the storm was at 456 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes mid-Saturday, packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
It is forecast to move west-northwest at 17 kph.
“If it maintains its present speed and track, ‘Luis’ is seen to make landfall over Isabela early Monday morning then traverse the Ilocos provinces toward the West Philippine Sea,” Aurelio said.
He said there is still a possibility that the storm will intensify into a typhoon before its landfall.
PAGASA hoisted Signal No. 1 over Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Quirino, and Catanduanes, as of Saturday noon.
These areas may experience winds about 30-60 kph and intermittent heavy to intense rains in the next 36 hours – as from midday Saturday.
Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signal No. 1 should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides due to the storm, PAGASA advised.
Luis will be at 252 km north-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Sunday morning and at 27 km west-southwest of Tuguegarao City by Monday morning.
By Tuesday morning, it is expected at 421 km west-northwest of Laoag City.
It is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday, Aurelio said.
PAGASA said the combined effects of the storm and southwest monsoon or “habagat” will bring light to moderate rains and thunderstorms in Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Masbate, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and the entire Visayas.
Fishing boats and other small sea craft should not venture out into the eastern coastlines of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao due to rough seas and big waves generated by the weather disturbance.
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