Bagyong Ramon heading for West Philippine Sea; 13 areas under signal 1

Tropical depression “Ramon” (Banyan) is now heading for the West Philippine Sea but may still bring rain to parts of the Philippines until at least Friday night, state weather forecasters said Thursday.

At least 13 areas including Metro Manila remain under Storm Signal No. 1 as of 5 a.m. Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression “RAMON” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 80 km West Northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (12.6°N, 120.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move Northwest at 11 kph.
Forecast:
Central and Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of the country will be mostly cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast to Northwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the West to Southwest over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas. The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the Southwest to South with slight to moderate seas.

“‘Ramon’ is heading for the West Philippine Sea. It is moving away from the Philippines and if it does not change course or speed, we expect it to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Friday night,” PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong said in an interview on dzBB radio.

But he said the clouds around Ramon can still bring rain to Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and the Visayas, and even Palawan.

He said that until Friday night, residents in Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, can expect moderate rain.

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicated Ramon is heading northwest and may move towards Palawan and eventually change course, going north-northwest.

PAGASA’s 5 a.m. bulletin said “Ramon” further slowed down as it moves towards the West Philippine Sea.

It said that as of 4 a.m., it was 80 km west-northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center.

Also, it estimated Ramon may bring five to 25 mm per hour of rainfall (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km diameter.

Ramon was forecast to move northwest at 11 kph and is expected to be 240 km west-southwest of Iba, Zambales Friday morning.

By Saturday morning it is expected to be 580 km west-northwest of Iba, Zambales

Under Storm Signal No. 1 are:
- Marinduque
- Mindoro Provinces
- Lubang Island
- Romblon
- Southern Quezon
- Northern Palawan
- Calamian Group of Islands
- Cavite
- Laguna
- Batangas
- Bataan
- Southern Zambales
- Metro Manila
PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signal No. 1 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

“Central and Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. The rest of the country will be mostly cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms,” PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.

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