MORE areas in Luzon and Visayas have been placed under Signal No. 2 as Tropical Storm “Paeng” accelerates while maintaining its strength, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.
In a virtual press briefing before noon, Pagasa weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said under Signal No. 2 in Luzon are Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, the central and southern portions of Quezon (Atimonan, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Lopez, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Buenavista, Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres and San Francisco), and Marinduque.
Under the same storm alert are Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, the northeastern portion of Leyte (Tacloban City, Babatngon, San Miguel, Barugo), and Biliran in Visayas, he said.
The Pagasa forecaster said more areas all over the country, including Metro Manila have been placed under Signal No. 1.
Also under Signal No. 1 are Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, the southeastern portion of Tarlac (Concepcion and La Paz), the central and southern portions of Nueva Ecija (City of Gapan, San Leonardo, Santo Domingo, Rizal, San Isidro, Laur, Zaragoza, Llanera, Aliaga, Palayan City, Gabaldon, General Mamerto Natividad, Cabanatuan City, Quezon, San Antonio, General Tinio, Santa Rosa, Pe, Jaen, Licab, Bongabon, Cabiao and Talavera), the southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis, Maria Aurora and Baler), Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, the rest of Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon and Calamian Islands.
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In Visayas, affected areas include the rest of Leyte, Southern Leyte, the northern and central portions of Cebu (Daanbantayan, Medellin, San Remigio, Tabogon, City of Bogo, Borbon, Tabuelan, Sogod, Catmon, Tuburan, Carmen, Danao City, Asturias, Balamban, Compostela, Liloan, Cebu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion, Toledo City, City of Talisay, City of Naga, Pinamungahan, Minglanilla, Aloguinsan, San Fernando, City of Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Argao, Alcantara, Moalboal, Ronda, Badian, Dalaguete, Lapu-Lapu City and Cordova) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Bohol, the northern and central portions of Negros Occidental (Sagay City, Cadiz City, City of Escalante, Manapla, Enrique B. Magalona, City of Victorias, Silay City, City of Talisay, Murcia, Bacolod City, Bago City, Pulupandan, Valladolid, La Carlota City, La Castellana, San Enrique, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, Moises Padilla, Isabela, San Carlos City, Salvador Benedicto, Calatrava, Toboso, Binalbagan, City of Himamaylan), the northern portion of Negros Oriental (City of Guihulngan, Vallehermoso, Canlaon City, La Libertad, Jimalalud, Tayasan), Guimaras, Aklan, the northern and central portions of Antique (Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao, Barbaza, Laua-An, Bugasong, Valderrama, Patnongon, San Remigio and Caluya Islands), Capiz, and the northern and central portions of Iloilo (Calinog, New Lucena, Maasin, Estancia, Batad, Oton, Concepcion, Pavia, Duelas, Balasan, Barotac Nuevo, Ajuy, Iloilo City, Anilao, San Dionisio, San Miguel, Mina, Santa Barbara, Barotac Viejo, Leganes, Carles, Dingle, Zarraga, Bingawan, Cabatuan, Alimodian, Dumangas, San Rafael, San Enrique, Badiangan, Banate, City of Passi, Pototan, Lambunao, Lemery, Sara, Janiuay, Leon, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Igbaras and Guimbal).
Signal No.1 is also up over Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, City of Tandag, Bayabas, Tago and Cagwait) and the northern portion of Agusan del Norte (Kitcharao, Jabonga and Santiago) in Mindanao.
Pagasa said the center of “Paeng” was estimated at 220 kilometers east-northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar or 305kms east of Catarman, Northern Samar.
Moving west-northwestward at 25 kilometers per hour (kph), the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 75kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90kph, according to the weather bureau’s latest bulletin.
Pagasa has projected that the tropical cyclone may make landfall over Catanduanes by early Saturday morning.
By Sunday morning, Paeng may make another landfall over the east coast of Quezon (including Polillo Islands) or Aurora, it said.
“Paeng is forecast to further intensify while moving over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea and may reach severe tropical storm category within 24 hours,” Pagasa said.
Ordinario said that Paeng may remain a severe tropical storm as it makes landfall in Bicol and is less likely to become a typhoon.
Until early Saturday morning, Paeng said heavy to intense with at times torrential rains may prevail over Bicol and Eastern Visayas and moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Quezon, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Caraga, Zamboanga Peninsula, BARMM (Bangsamoro Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao), Northern Mindanao and the rest of Visayas.
Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and the rest of CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and Mindanao may experience light to moderate with at times heavy rains in the next 24 hours, Pagasa said.
Per latest track and intensity forecast, the highest wind signal that will likely be raised is Signal No. 3 in anticipation of storm-force conditions associated with Paeng, it added.