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3 areas under storm signal 2 as 'Pablo' threatens NLuzon

December 8, 2012 7:12pm
At least three areas in northern Luzon were placed under Storm Signal No. 2 as Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) remained a threat to the area Saturday evening, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA said Typhoon Pablo was estimated at 230 km west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur as of 4 p.m., with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It was moving east-northeast at 17 kph and is expected to be 50 km north of Aparri, Cagayan Sunday afternoon, and 320 km east of Basco, Batanes Monday afternoon.

By Tuesday afternoon it is expected to be 550 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.

Areas under Storm Signal No. 2 are:

- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union

Under Signal No. 1 are:

- Cagayan
- Calayan Group of Islands
- Babuyan Group of Islands
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Abra
- Apayao
- Kalinga
- Mountain Province
- Benguet
- Pangasinan
- Zambales

PAGASA said Pablo may bring rainfall of 15 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-km diameter.

It advised residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals 1 and 2 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Also, it advised those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal 2 to be alert against big waves or storm surges.

Strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon enhanced by Typhoon Pablo may affect the eastern seaboard of Northern Luzon, it said.

Outlook

PAGASA said Ilocos and La Union will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.

Pangasinan, Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan islands, Batanes islands and Cordillera will have rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.

The rest of Cagayan Valley region will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy with brief rain showers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over the rest of Cagayan Valley region and coming from the east to southeast over the rest of Luzon and Eastern Visayas.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the east to southeast with slight to moderate seas. — LBG, GMA News

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