Tropical Storm “PEDRING” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 260 km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes

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.

Storm signals

Under Storm Signal No. 2 are:

Catanduanes
Sorsogon
Albay
Burias Island
Camarines Sur
Camarines Norte
Quezon
Polillo Island
Aurora
Quirino
Nueva Vizcaya
Isabela
Ifugao
Cagayan

Under Storm Signal No. 1 are:

Metro Manila
Masbate
Ticao Island
Marinduque
Batangas
Laguna
Rizal
Cavite
Bulacan
Pampanga
Nueva Ecija
Tarlac
Bataan
Zambales
Pangasinan
La Union
Benguet
Mountain Province
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Norte
Abra
Kalinga
Apayao
Calayan Group of Islands
Babuyan Group of Islands
Northern Samar

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

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