Signal no. 3 up in 6 Luzon provinces as ‘Labuyo’ gathers steam

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Typhoon UTOR (LABUYO) gained more strength as it passes to the north of Catanduanes. Now endangers Luzon especially the province of Aurora. Its outer rainbands continues to affect the Bicol Region, Northern Samar and the eastern coast of Luzon including Polillo Island. FACEBOOK PHOTO
Typhoon UTOR (LABUYO) gained more strength as it passes to the north of Catanduanes. Now endangers Luzon especially the province of Aurora. Its outer rainbands continues to affect the Bicol Region, Northern Samar and the eastern coast of Luzon including Polillo Island. FACEBOOK PHOTO

MANILA, 11Aug2013 (PNA) – The weather bureau on Sunday declared six provinces under public storm warning signal no.3 with typhoon “Labuyo” continued to pose a threat over Eastern Luzon.

Weather forecasters said 14 other areas were under signal no. 2 and 19 areas including Metro Manila were placed under storm signal no.1.”Labuyo” was spotted to be moving closer to Aurora Province.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration(PAGASA) said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday typhoon Labuyo was located at 60 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes 270 km east northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.7°N, 125.6°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of 185 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.

Public storm warning signal no. 3 raised over the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Provinces, Northern Quezon Province including Polilio Island, Aurora and Isabela expect winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

PAGASA said the areas placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) namely Albay, Sorsogon, Rizal,Rest of Quezon, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Nueva Viscaya, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Kalinga and Cagayan.

Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Northern Samar, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Abra, La Union,Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Marinduque, Burias, Ticao Islands and Metro Manila.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #3, #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges,” PAGASA said.

PAGASA said “Labuyo” might bring rainfall of 7.5 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 600-km diameter of the typhoon.

PAGASA said typhoon “Labuyo” would enhance the southwest monsoon which would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

“Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,” PAGASA also said.(PNA)

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