“Carina” maintains strength; Isabela, Cagayan under Signal No. 2 (8:25p.m. update)

MANILA — Tropical storm “Carina” has maintained its maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 80 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday evening.

“Carina” continues heading towards northern Luzon, and is forecast to move north northwest at 18 kph.

PAGASA said the public may expect moderate to heavy within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm.

Fisherfolk are also alerted against rough to very rough seas over the eastern seaboards of Camarines Norte and Quezon including Polillo Island.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over Isabela and Cagayan.

Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Catanduanes, Aurora, Camarines Sur, Albay and Sorsogon were put under TCWS No. 1.

Areas under TCWS No. 1 and 2, as well as rest of Cagayan Valley, rest of Cordillera, the provinces of Masbate, Camarines Norte and Quezon are warned against moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, as of 8:25 p.m., PAGASA said thunderstorm is currently affecting ‎Davao Oriental‬, ‪Compostela Valley‬, portions of ‪Davao del Norte‬, ‪Surigao del Sur‬ and Agusan del Sur‬.

This may persist for one to two hours, PAGASA added.

Everyone is advised to take precautionary measures against heavy rains, strong winds, lightning and possible flash floods.

The center of “Carina” was last spotted at 340 km. northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA/northboundasia.com