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3 areas under Signal No. 1 as Amang heads to Polillo Islands, Quezon

Three areas remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 as Tropical Depression Amang headed towards Polillo Islands and northern mainland Quezon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

In its 8 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Signal No. 1 is raised over the following areas:

  • the northern and western portions of Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Vinzons),
  • the southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis) and
  • the northern and eastern portions of Quezon (Calauag, Infanta, Plaridel, Quezon, Alabat, Sampaloc, Mauban, General Nakar, Perez, Gumaca, Atimonan, Real, Lopez) including Polillo Islands

Moving west northwestward at 10 kilometers per hour, Amang was located over the coastal waters of Jomalig, Quezon as of 4 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

For the next 24 hours, an accumulated rainfall of up to 25 millimeters is expected in most areas of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, and Calabarzon due to scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, PAGASA said.

The accumulated rainfall may reach 50 mm in a few locations mostly in Central Luzon and northern Quezon, it added.

PAGASA warned of possible isolated flashfloods and rain-induced landslides remains possible in areas prone to these hazards and in areas that had considerable amounts of rainfall for the past several days.

Areas under Wind Signal No. 1 may experience strong winds — from strong breeze to near gale strength — associated with Amang, which may cause minimal to minor impacts to life and property.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas of up to 3 meters are expected over the western seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.

PAGASA said mariners of small seacraft are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.

According to PAGASA, Amang is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area within 12 hours as it moves towards Polillo Islands and northern mainland Quezon.


In its 8 a.m. report on Thursday, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said floods were reported in Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Naga, and Albay due to Amang.

A total of 280 people or 81 families in Bicol were affected by the tropical depression, it said, adding 275 people or 78 families were staying in five evacuation centers while five people or three families were taking shelter in other places.

Seven bridges and one road were not passable, the NDRRMC also said.

A total of 3,935 passengers, 635 rolling cargoes, 16  vessels, and nine motorbancas were stranded in Calabarzon, Bicol and Eastern Visayas as 12 seaports suspended operations.

Two domestic flights were also canceled.

A total of 169 classes and 23 work schedules were suspended due to Amang, the NDRRMC said. —Joviland Rita/KBK, GMA Integrated News