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.