Typhoon ‘Labuyo’ intensifies, Signal no. 3 over Cantaduanes

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Typhoon Labuyo satellite image. Photo courtesy of PAGASA
Typhoon Labuyo satellite image. Photo courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA, 11Aug2013 (PNA) – Storm signal number 3 was hoisted over Catanduanes while nine areas were under signal no. 2 and 26 areas including Metro Manila under storm signal no. 1, as typhoon “Labuyo” further intensified threatening Luzon, the state weather forecaster said on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)said as of 8:00 a.m. Sunday “Labuyo” was located at 180 km of northeast of Virac Catanduanes or 300 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.5°N, 126.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 Kph and gustiness of 185 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.

Weather Forecaster Joey Figuracion said if “Labuyo” would not change its course, it should make landfall over Aurora by Monday morning.

He noted that with its speed, the typhoon was expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday to head towards southern China.

With public storm warning signal no. 3 raised over in Catanduanes, winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

PAGASA named the nine areas placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) as Isabela,Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Northern Samar, Cagayan Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain ProvinceBenguet, La Union,Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Albay, Sorsogon, 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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