MANILA — Seven areas in Luzon are now under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) No. 2 as tropical storm ‘Carina’ has slightly intensified and now poses threat to Isabela-Cagayan area, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Diran said that as of 4:00 a.m., the center of ‘Carina’ was estimated based on all available data at 205 km east of Casiguran, Aurora (16.9ºN, 123.9ºE) with maximum winds up to 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph.
Maintaining its speed and movement, Carina is expected to make landfall in Isabela-Cagayan area on Sunday afternoon, Duran said.
Once it makes a landfall, it is expected to slightly weaken, he added.
Duran also said ‘Carina’ is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday and will head towards southern China.
Meanwhile, TCWS No. 2 (61-120 kph expected in 24 hours) is raised in the provinces of Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands.
TCWS Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph expected in 36 hours) is hoisted over Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Aurora.
Areas under TCWS #1 and #2, CALABARZON, Central Luzon, the rest of Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Benguet and Camarines Norte are alerted against moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides.
The estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm.
Fisherfolks are alerted against rough to very rough seas over the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon.
For Sunday’s forecast, PAGASA said stormy weather with rough to very rough seas will prevail over Isabela, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands. Rains With Gusty Winds Will Be Experienced Over the Provinces of Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Aurora.
Cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides will prevail over the rest of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera and the Provinces of Quezon and Camarines Norte while Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms is expected over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the rest of northern and central Luzon and from the west to southwest over the rest of Luzon. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest with slight to moderate seas. PNA/northboundasia.com