Tropical depression Sarah to take Ramon’s path as it weakens


MANILA, Philippines — On Wednesday morning, (20 November 2019) the weather state bureau said another weather disturbance approached northern Luzon even as typhoon Ramon weakened into a tropical storm as it moves further south.

PAGASA said in its 8 a.m advisory, Ramon was last spotted near Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, packing up to 85 kilometers per hour of maximum winds and up to 140 kilometers per hour of gusts.

This year’s 18th storm to enter the country is forecast to weaken further within 24 hours into a low-pressure area, PAGASA said.

Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over the following areas:

Within 24 hours, signal number 2 may be experienced with a wind speed of 61 to 120 kph.

– Abra
– Apayao
– Batanes
– Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
– Ilocos Norte
– Ilocos Sur
– Kalinga

Within 36 hours, Signal number 1 may be experienced with a wind speed of 30 to 60 kph.

– Benguet
– Ifugao
– Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Tumauini, Divilacan, Quirino, Roxas, Mallig, San Manuel, Burgos, Gamu and Ilagan City)
– La Union
– Mountain Province
– Pangasinan

The storm will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte, PAGASA said.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, and the rest of Ilocos Norte, it added.

Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring Tropical Depression Sarah last spotted at 750 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon as of 4 a.m., with 55 kph winds and 70 kph gusts.

Weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz said earlier, Sarah is forecast to take Ramon’s track and hit the northern Luzon. (Marian Sinamban/IAMIGO/CNS)

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