Santi moves closer to Aurora; 7 areas under signal no. 3-A A +A
Friday, October 11, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Typhoon Santi (international name Nari) gained intensity as it headed toward Aurora and Isabela area, state weather forecasters said early Friday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that the eye of Typhoon Santi was spotted at 200 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora as of 1 p.m.
The cyclone packed winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near its center and gustiness of up to 160 kph as it moved west northwestward at 15 kph.
It is expected to make landfall on Eastern Luzon by Friday evening. Pagasa said, "Typhoon Santi is expected to be in the vicinity of Benguet by Saturday morning and at 300 km northwest of Dagupan City by Sunday morning. By Monday morning , it is expected to be at 640 km northwest of Baguio City."
US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center said that Santi will still gain strength as it move toward Luzon and gradually weaken when it hits the mountainous area of Sierra Madre.
Pagasa hoisted public storm warning signals on the following areas:
Signal No. 3:
- Nueva Viscaya
- Nueva Ecija
Residents in these areas should expect winds between 101 and 185 kph in at least 18 hours. Classes in all levels are also suspended.
Signal No. 2:
- Mt. Province
- La Union
- Northern Quezon including Polilio Island
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
In the next 24 hours, these areas should brace for winds between 61 and 100 kph. Classes from preschool until high school are automatically suspended in these areas.
Signal No. 1:
- Metro Manila
- Lubang Islands
- Camarines Provinces
- Calayan and Babuyan group of islands
- the rest of Quezon
Within the next 36 hours, these areas should expect winds between 30 and 60 kph. Classes in preschool are suspended.
Pagasa also said that Santi carried heavy to intense rainfall within its 500 km diameter.
"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal numbers 3, 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal numbers 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa warned.
It added, "Sea travel is risky over the Eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and of Visayas."
In its 5 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa also said that Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Northern Quezon including Polilio Islands and the Central Luzon region will experience stormy weather and rough to very rough seas.
"Metro Manila, the rest of Calabarzon, Marinduque, Lubang Islands, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Southern Cagayan, Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines provinces will have rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas," Pagasa said.
Meanwhile, the skies over the rest of Luzon and Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Pagasa also said that Mindanao will be cloudy to partly cloudy with isolated rain or thunderstorms.
The state weather bureau also issued a gale warning, "Strong to gale force winds associated with Typhoon Santi is expected to affect the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon and of Visayas." (SFP/Sunnex)