State weather forecasters said 40 areas, including Metro Manila, were placed under storm signals after Tropical Storm Pedring (international name: Nesat) intensified into a typhoon before noon on Monday.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of 11:00 a.m. on Monday, 26 areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 while 14 were placed under Storm Signal No. 2.
PAGASA also said Pedring moved a little faster and may make landfall over northern Luzon Tuesday morning.
“Bahagyang nagbago at bumilis (si Pedring). Before noon ang landfall, tomorrow umaga pa lang expected ay tatama na sa kalupaan ng Aurora,” PAGASA weather officer-in-charge Robert Sawi said.
PAGASA estimated 15 to 25 millimeter per hour of rainfall within the 650-kilometer (km) diameter of Pedring.
Under Storm Signal No. 2 are:
Under Storm Signal No. 1 are:
Calayan Group of Islands
Babuyan Group of Islands
Location of Pedring
As of 10:00 a.m. on Monday, PAGASA said Pedring was 350 km east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora, packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
It is forecast to move west northwest at 17 kph and is expected to be in the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora Tuesday morning.
By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 180 km west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur. By Thursday morning, it is expected to be 540 km west northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
Meanwhile, PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.
It also reminded those living in coastal areas to be alert against big waves or storm surges.
PAGASA said Pedring is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over southern Luzon and the Visayas. — RSJ/VVP, GMA News