Santi to make landfall in Aurora; 7 areas under signal no. 3-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
MANILA -- At least seven provinces in Luzon were placed under public storm warning signal number 3, as Typhoon Santi is expected to make landfall around midnight or 2 a.m. Saturday in Dingalan, Aurora.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin that Santi, the 19th cyclone to enter the country this year, has maintained its strength while moving west at 17 kilometers per hour (kph).
It was located 35 kilometers south southeast of Baler Aurora as of 10 p.m. Friday, packing maximum winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph, said Pagasa.
The provinces of Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, and Bulacan remained under storm warning signal number 3, which means these areas will experience winds of 101 and 185 kph in at least 18 hours.
Storm signal number 2, meanwhile, was hoisted Friday evening over Isabela, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Bataan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Group of Islands, Cavite, and Laguna. Residents in these areas were advised to brace for winds between 61 and 100 kph in at least 24 hours.
Under signal number 1 were the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Marinduque, Lubang Island, Northern Mindoro, and the rest of Quezon. Winds in these areas in the next 36 hours will be between 30 and 60 kph, said Pagasa.
The weather bureau alerted residents in coastal areas under public storm signals against storm surges of up to four meters, while those living in low-lying and mountainous areas along the track were advised to be vigilant against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Pagasa said landslides and flooding are possible since Typhoon Santi will continue to bring an estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 to 30 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within its 500 kilometers diameter.
It also said that sea travel is risky over the seaboard of Luzon and of the Visayas.
Pagasa said Santi is forecast to be 170 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales on Saturday evening, and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility or 390 kilometers west of Dagupan City by Sunday evening.
But while Santi was expected to be out of the country two days from now, weather forecaster Chris Perez said Pagasa has monitored a tropical depression hovering off Pacific Ocean.
He noted that they expect the cyclone to enter the country on Monday.
Once it enters the Philippine territory, Perez said it will be named “Tino.”
Tino, however, is expected to stay briefly in the Philippine area of responsibility and not hit land just like Typhoon Ramil, the 18th cyclone to hit the country this year. (LMY/With PNA/Sunnex)