Santi further intensifies, 6 areas under signal no. 1-A A +A
Thursday, October 10, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- State weather forecasters said Thursday that Tropical Storm Santi (international name Nari) continued to intensify as it moved west northwestward closer to Luzon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the cyclone was spotted at 350 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora as of 10 a.m. Santi is the 19th cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year.
Tropical Storm Santi packed maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near its center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. Santi was forecast to move west northwestward at 11 kph.
"Tropical Storm Santi is expected to be at 340 km east of Baler, Aurora by Friday morning and at 80 km east of Baler, Aurora by Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 60 km northwest of Iba, Zambales," Pagasa said.
Pagasa placed six areas under public storm warning signal number 1:
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
These areas should expect winds between 30 and 60 kph within the next 36 hours.
"Residents in areas under public storm warning signal number 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," Pagasa said.
Santi also carried moderate to intense rainfall within its 400 km diameter.
Meanwhile, for Thursday, Pagasa said Catanduanes will have rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
The skies over the rest of Bicol region shall be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and thunderstorms which may also trigger flashfloods and landslides, it added.
Pagasa said, "Metro Manila, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms."
"The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms," it added.
The state weather bureau also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of eastern Visayas, including Samar and Leyte.
"Strong to gale force winds associated with Tropical Storm Santi is expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Visayas," Pagasa said. (SFP/Sunnex)