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PAGASA: Maring makes landfall in Fuga island, moves away from Babuyan

Severe Tropical Storm Maring made landfall in the vicinity of Fuga Island, Cagayan and is now moving away from the Babuyan archipelago, PAGASA said on Monday night.

In its 11 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said the center of Maring was located over the coastal waters of Aparri (Fuga Island), Cagayan at 10 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center, gustiness of up to 145 kph, and central pressure of 980 hPa.

It is moving westward at 15 kph.

PAGASA said Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 remained 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
  • Ilocos Sur

TCWS No. 1, meanwhile, is raised over:

  • 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

From Monday night to Tuesday evening, PAGASA said heavy to intense with at times torrential rains were highly likely over Batanes, the northern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region, while moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are highly likely over the rest of Cagayan.

PAGASA added that light to moderate with at times heavy rains would prevail over the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.

Monsoon rains are also possible over Western Visayas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro in the next 24 hours due to the southwest monsoon enhanced by Maring.

PAGASA said winds would continue to reach gale-force to storm-force in areas under TCWS No. 2, while strong winds with higher gusts will continue in areas under TCWS No. 1.

The expansive wind field of the Maring and the enhanced southwest monsoon will bring gusty conditions reaching strong to gale-force in strength over Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, Zamboanga del Norte, and the rest of Luzon in the next 24 hours.

Further, PAGASA said in the next 24 hours, rough to high seas (2.8 to 7.5 meters) would be experienced over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1 and 2.

A gale warning also remains in effect for the western seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas, and the western, eastern, and northern seaboards of Mindanao.

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.5 m) will prevail on the remaining seaboards of the country.

"These conditions are risky for those using small sea crafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions," PAGASA said.

Maring is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday morning. -NB, GMA News