MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 4 over the northeastern portion of Babuyan Islands as it moves to batter extreme Northern Luzon, based on the latest forecast at 5:00 p.m. Friday (September 10).
According to PAGASA, these areas are expected to experience very destructive typhoon-force winds within 12 hours.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 3 remains over the extreme northeastern portion of Cagayan, the rest of Babuyan Islands, and Batanes where very Destructive typhoon-force winds will also prevail within 18 hours.
Signal No. 2 is hoisted in the areas northern, central, and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, the northeastern portion of Isabela, and the northeastern portion of Apayao where damaging gale-force to storm-force winds are expected within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 — characterized by strong winds that are expected to prevail within 36 hours— is now up over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the eastern portion of 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.
PAGASA said, Typhoon Kiko is still likely to develop into a super typhoon. Thus, TCWS No.5 may be the highest wind signal that will be hoisted for this typhoon.
Likewise, the possibility of landfall over the northeastern portion of Cagayan is not yet ruled out.
As such, the public is advised to continue monitoring for possible changes in the track forecast in the succeeding bulletins.
As of 5:00 PM, Typhoon Kiko was located at 190 km east of Aparri, Cagayan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h.
It is moving northwestward at 15 km/h.