Typhoon Francisco moves closer to north Luzon-A A +A
Monday, October 21, 2013
TYPHOON Francisco moved closer to extreme Northern Luzon Monday afternoon, state weather agency said.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) was estimated at 1,330 kilometer east of extreme Northern Luzon as of 4 p.m.
Francisco had maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 195 kph. It is forecast to move north-northwest at 11 kph.
The typhoon had been projected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility Monday night or early Tuesday. Once it does, it will be locally codenamed Urduja.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said the northeast monsoon may bring cloudy skies and isolated rain over Metro Manila and Ilocos, Cordillera, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.
The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, it added.
Pagasa also said strong to gale-force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.
It advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the sea, and larger sea vessels to be alert against big waves. (JK/Sunnex)