MANILA, 12Aug2013 (PNA) – Typhoon “Labuyo” has weakened while crossing Northern Luzon and will exit the Philippines landmass early this afternoon, the state weather forecaster said on Monday.
PAGASA said at least eight provinces in Luzon are still under public storm warning signal no. 3 while nine areas are under signal no.2 and 12 areas including Metro Manila still under signal no.1
Labuyo lessened its strength from 165 kph on Monday morning to 140 kph before noon with gustiness from 200 kph to 170 kph.
Weather Forecaster Rene Paciente said typhoon Labuyo continues to weaken due to interaction with landmass then it will exit and move towards the West Philippine Sea.
As of 10 a.m., Typhoon Labuyo was located in the vicinity of Baguio City (16.7°N, 120.6°E).
He added that stormy weather will continue throughout the day across Northern Luzon while the outer rainbands of the typhoon will continue to affect Central Luzon including Metro Manila.
Labuyo is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph with this speed and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday towards southern China.
PAGASA said Labuyo is projected to be 360 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur or outside the PAR by Tuesday morning.
Public storm warning signal no 3 (Winds of 101-185k ph is expected in at least 15 hrs) is raised over the provinces of Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Benguet, La Union and Pangasinan.
PAGASA said the nine areas in Luzon placed under public storm warning signal number 2(Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs) are Isabela, Aurora, Southern Cagayan, Kalinga, Abra,Southern Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija.
Meanwhile, 12 areas under public storm warning signal number 1 (Winds of 45-60 kph is expected within the next 36 hours) are the rest of Cagayan, Apayao, Rest of Ilocos Norte, Babuyan Group, Calayan Group, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island 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 may bring rainfall of 10 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 600-km diameter of the typhoon.
Meanwhile, Public Storm Warning Signal elsewhere are now lifted.
PAGASA said Typhoon “Labuyo” will enhance the southwest monsoon which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.
“Fishermen especially those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Southern Luzon and western seaboard of the Visayas due to big waves generated by Typhoon Labuyo,” PAGASA also said. (PNA)