December 2, 2022

METRO Manila is now under Signal No. 3, along with nearby adjoining provinces as Severe Tropical Storm “Paeng” may make landfall over Marinduque, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday.

Aside from Metro Manila, Signal No. 3 is also up over Camarines Norte, the western portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Pasacao, Libmanan and Pamplona), Marinduque, Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite and Rizal, Pagasa said in its 8 a.m. bulletin.

Under Signal No. 2 is Catanduanes, Albay, the western portion of Sorsogon (Pilar, Castilla and Donsol), the western portion of Masbate (Aroroy, Baleno and Mandaon) including Burias Island, the southern portion of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Dingalan and Maria Aurora), Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, the rest of Camarines Sur, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised over Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Kalinga, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ilocos Sur, La Union, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Sorsogon, the rest of Masbate including Ticao Island, and the northern portion of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay, Dumaran, Araceli, Roxas and San Vicente) including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.

The same storm alert is up over Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Bohol, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Guimaras, Aklan, Antique, Capiz and Iloilo in the Visayas.

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Pagasa said, however, that storm signals in most areas have either been lifted or were lowered.

The center of Paeng was estimated over the coastal waters of Catanauan, Quezon while moving west-northwestward at 30 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 95kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160kph, the state-run weather agency said.

Based on the agency’s forecast track, the center of Paeng will pass close or make landfall in the vicinity of Marinduque on Saturday morning before traversing the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon)-Metro Manila-Bataan Peninsula area for the remainder of the day until early Sunday morning.

It said that the frictional effects associated with interaction with the Luzon landmass may result in weakening into a tropical storm within 24 hours or possibly earlier.

“However, Paeng may re-intensify into a severe tropical storm once it reaches the West Philippine Sea,” the weather bureau said.