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'Juaning' threatens Aurora, Isabela; 23 areas under Signal 1

July 26, 2011 8:00am

Tropical Depression Juaning slowed down early Tuesday and may make landfall over the Isabela-Aurora area in northern Luzon, even as at least 23 areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 1.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration forecaster Gener Quitlong said Juaning is likely to leave Philippine territory early Thursday.

"(Ito ay may) babala sa Isabela-Aurora area (at) inaasahan ito magla-landfall sa Isabela-Aurora area bukas madaling araw (It threatens the Isabela-Aurora area and may make landfall there before dawn Wednesday)," Quitlong said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said their models show Juaning may leave Philippine territory early Thursday, based on its present speed and direction.

But he said Juaning is presently affecting parts of Central and Southern Luzon including Metro Manila, while the monsoon brings rain over Palawan and the Bicol Region.

23 areas under Signal 1

As of 4 a.m., PAGASA said Juaning was estimated at 130 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, packing maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is moving west northwest at 17 kph and is expected to be 40 km west northwest of Casiguran, Aurora Wednesday morning.

By Thursday morning, it is expected to be 180 nm northwest of Laoag City. By Friday morning, it is expected to be 490 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.

Areas under Storm Signal No. 1 include:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Cagayan
  • Isabela
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Quirino
  • Aurora
  • Quezon
  • Polillo Island
  • Catanduanes
  • Sorsogon
  • Albay
  • Camarines Provinces (Norte and Sur)

    PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signal 1 to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. It added that Juaning will continue to bring rains over Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas.

    The Philippine Coast Guard has already barred sea travel by small ships in areas under Storm Signal No. 1, radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.

    Meanwhile, Quitlong said PAGASA is monitoring another potential cyclone outside Philippine territory.

    "Baka gigilid sa ating boundary ng Philippine area of responsibility. Maaring hindi na ito pumasok pero kailangan natin i-monitor ito (It may just graze the boundary of the Philippine area of responsibility. It may not enter Philippine territory but we still have to monitor it for now)," he said. — RSJ, GMA News
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