Nando moves closer toward Batanes, 6 areas still under storm signal-A A +A
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Tropical Storm Nando maintained its strength at 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near its center, and gustiness of up to 90 kph as it moves closer to the Batanes group of islands, the state weather bureau said in its 5:00 p.m. forecast.
At 4:00 p.m., Nando was spotted at 220 km Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or about 190 km Southeast of Basco, Batanes. The cyclone is forecast to move north northwest at 15 kph.
Batanes group of islands remain under storm signal number 2, while the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao, and Isabela, including the Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, were under storm signal number 1, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) advised.
Areas placed under storm signal number 2 will experience winds up 61-100 kph within the next 24 hours. Areas placed under storm signal number 1 should expect 45-60 kph winds in the next 36 hours, the weather agency cautioned.
Nando should be 250 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes or 210 km East of Southern Taiwan by Wednesday afternoon. It should be 180 km Northeast of Northern Taiwan by Friday afternoon.
"Batanes group of islands will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. The provinces of Isabela, Apayao and Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan Group of islands will have rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas," Pagasa also said.
Meanwhile, the Ilocos region, Zambales and Bataan will have cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The skies of Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms while Visayas and Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, said Pagasa.
At 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Pagasa also issued a gale warning over the Eastern and Western seaboards of Luzon due to the surge of the Southwest Monsoon. (SFP/Sunnex)