Signal No. 4 likely over Babuyan Islands as Typhoon Kiko intensifies — PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 10, 2021   •   323

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Kiko continues to gain strength as it threatens extreme Northern Luzon, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

As of 11:00 AM Friday (September 10), ‘Kiko’ was located at 220 km northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or 220 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 240 km/h, and central pressure of 930 hPa. It is moving west northwestward at 20 km/h.

PAGASA warned that as Typhoon Kiko progresses towards extreme Northern Luzon, higher wind signals will be hoisted in some localities within Northern Luzon.

Based on the latest track and intensity forecast, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 remains the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon which is possible over portions of Babuyan Islands this afternoon.

Throughout the day until tomorrow, Typhoon Kiko will bring heavy to intense, with at times, torrential rains over the northeastern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands and Batanes while heavy to intense rains over northern Isabela and the rest of Cagayan will prevail.

Meanwhile, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, northern and central Aurora, and the rest of Cagayan Valley will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains.

Residents in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards are warned against scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides.

Currently, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 3 is hoisted over the areas of extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan and the eastern portion of Babuyan Islands where typhoon-force winds may prevail within 18 hours.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 2 is raised over the areas of Batanes, the rest of Babuyan Islands, the remaining eastern portion of mainland Cagayan, the northeastern portion of Isabela, and the northeastern portion of Apayao.

These areas may experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds within 24 hours.

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, remains over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Norte, the rest of Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga, the eastern portion of Mountain Province, the northeastern portion of Abra, the northwestern and southeastern portions of Isabela, and the northern portion of Aurora.

Strong winds are expected to prevail in these areas within 36 hours.

PAGASA said a landfall scenario is possible over the northeastern portion of Cagayan.

As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding bulletins.

Signal nos. 1 and 2 still up in parts of Luzon as Maring nears exit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—  Tropical cyclone wind signals are still raised over parts of Luzon as severe tropical storm “Maring” is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

According to PAGASA, Maring was located 315 km West of Calayan, Cagayan and will continue to move westward over the West Philippine Sea. It has maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province.

Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

TCWS No. 2  prevails in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Provinc
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours,  Maring is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island in China.

The state weather bureau continues to remind the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. AAC

 

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Maring to exit PAR as it continues to move over West Philippine Sea

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Severe Tropical Storm (STS) Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday (October 12), according to PAGASA.

Based on the latest bulletin at 8:00 a.m., the center of STS Maring, with international name Kompasu, was estimated over 230 km West of Calayan, Cagayan. Its maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h.

Outside the PAR, Maring will maintain a westward heading and is likely to make landfall in the vicinity of Hainan, China on Wednesday evening (October 13).

Heavy to intense rains are highly likely over Ilocos Region, Benguet, Ifugao, Abra, and Mountain Province. Moderate to heavy rains are highly likely over Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, and the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, and the rest Central Luzon.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 is in effect in the following areas:

  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • The northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 is in effect in the following areas:

  • The rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • The northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • The northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands

Within the next 36 hours, the storm is forecast to gradually intensify but is becoming less likely to reach typhoon category prior to making landfall over Hainan Island, PAGASA said. AAC

NAIA ops resume after lowering of lightning red alert to yellow

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Operations at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) have resumed after PAGASA lowered the lightning red alert status to yellow.

According to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA), flight and ground activities at the NAIA reopened after the state weather bureau determined that thunderstorms no longer pose a threat to its operations.

PAGASA has categorized Maring into a severe tropical storm. According to its 2 p.m. bulletin, the weather disturbance continues to accelerate closer to the Babuyan Islands.

Based on current forecast STS Maring will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning (October 12). Outside the PAR, Maring will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island in China on Wednesday morning or afternoon (October 13). AAC

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