Bagyong AMBO News Updates | PAGASA News Weather Bulletin

Tropical Storm “AMBO” has intensified further as it continues to move north northwestward.

At 4:00 p.m. today, Tropical Storm”AMBO” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 210 km Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora (17.4°N, 124.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph. It is forecast to move north northwest at 15 kph.
Calayan Island and Batanes Group of Islands will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas while the provinces of Northern Aurora, Isabela, Cagayan including Babuyan Island will experience rains and gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. The rest of Northern and Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will have occasional to frequent rains while the rest of Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over the rest of Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the southwest over the rest of the country. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

ublic storm signal number 1 has been hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Polillo Island, Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan as “Ambo” (international name: Mawar) continues to move north-northwest, according to the state weather bureau.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ambo is moving at a speed of 11 kilometers per hour (kph).

Robert Sawi, chief of PAGASA’s weather division, earlier said although Ambo is not expected to make landfall, strong rains are expected across the country in the next few days as the storm will affect the southwest monsoon.

Sawi said Ambo is packing maximum winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph.

Rains measuring 15 millimeters (mm) to 25mm per hour are also expected.

Ambo, the first tropical cyclone for 2012, is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility late Monday.

Rough seas

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos reminded the fisherfolk in Albay, Sorsogon and Catanduanes not to set sail over the weekend due to rough seas.

Ramos also said the hundreds of stranded passengers in Tabaco Port in Albay will receive assistance from the local government.

He advised local officials in provinces affected by the storm to stay on alert until PAGASA lifts the storm signal.

Suspension of classes

Ramos said local government units and school officials are given the authority to call off classes on Monday if deemed necessary.

“Immediately, kapag nakita na natin ‘yung sitwasyon, you can suspend classes, lalo na sa kindergarten,” he said.

Classes in primary, elementary and secondary levels will start on June 4.

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