MANILA,(PNA) — Tropical storm “Lando” has intensified its strength and expected to develop into typhoon category, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services A
dministration (PAGASA) on Thursday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Shelley Ig
nacio said that as of 4 p.m., severe tropical storm “Lando” was estimated based on all available data at 8
85 km east of Baler, Aurora (15.5N, 129.8E) with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. It is forecast to move west at 17 kph.
She said the state weather bureau will raise public storm warning signal in the areas of east of Northern Luzon as the severe tropical storm approaches the area.
She added the tropical storm is expected to make landfall in Cagayan-Isabela by Sunday.
For the next 24 hour forecast, the presence of northeast monsoon will bring cloudy skies with light rains over regions of Cordillera, Ilocos, Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.
Due to outer spiral, severe tropical storm “Lando” will bring light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Metro Manila, Bicol Region and the provinces of Aurora, Rizal, Quezon and Samar while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.
Meanwhile, Ignacio advised fisherfolks not to venture out over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon due to strong to gale force winds associated with Northeast Monsoon due to “Lando”. (PNA)