Signal no. 2 up in some Luzon areas as ‘Maring’ decelerates


Tropical Storm (TS) Maring has decelerated but some areas in Luzon are still under tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 2, the weather bureau said Monday.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Maring is now approaching the Luzon Strait. It was last tracked 325 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, moving west northwestward at 15 kms. per hour.

Maring packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gusts of up to 105 kph.

TCWS No. 2 has been hoisted over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon), Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.

Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds will prevail in these areas.

Strong winds will be experienced over areas under TCWS no. 1: the rest of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, the northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa), the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands, and Calaguas Islands.

PAGASA expects moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region.

Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains, are likely over central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley. Scattered flash floods and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas highly susceptible to these hazards.

The southwest monsoon enhanced by Maring may bring rains over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and Occidental Mindoro.

Further, this may cause occasional gusts reaching strong to gale-force in strength over the island, coastal, and upland localities of the Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, Zamboanga del Norte, and the rest of Luzon.

Gale warning is in effect over the eastern seaboards of southern Luzon and the Visayas.

Rough to high seas will prevail over the seaboards of areas where TCWS No. 2 and 1 have been hoisted.

Likewise, moderate to rough seas will prevail over the remaining seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas, and the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao, PAGASA said.

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