ANGELES CITY — Pampanga is still under Signal #1, as “Maring” intensifies into a severe tropical storm, moving towards the Babuyan Islands.
The center of Severe Tropical Storm “Maring” was estimated based on all available data at 150 km East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 170 km East Southeast of Calayan, Cagayan (18.8°N, 123.0°E), with maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 115 km/h, and central pressure of 980 hPa.
It is moving westward at 20 km/h, with strong winds or higher extend outwards up to 850 km from the center.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No.2 (Damaging gale-force to storm-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours) is up in Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon), Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.
Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No.1 (Strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours) is up in the rest of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, the northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa), the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands, and Calaguas Islands
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are highly likely over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Central Luzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley. Under these conditions, scattered flash floods and rain-induced landslides are highly likely especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazard as identified in hazard maps.
Under the influence of the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring, monsoon rains are possible over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan and Occidental Mindoro in the next 24 hours.
A Gale Warning is in effect for the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas. In the next 24 hours, rough to high seas (2.5 to 7.5 m) will be experienced over the seaboards of areas where TCWS #2 and #1 are in effect. These conditions are risky for all types of sea vessels. Mariners are advised to remain in port or take shelter in port until winds and waves subside.
Within the same period, moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) will prevail the remaining seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, and the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao. These conditions are risky for those using small seacrafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.
Tropical Storm Maring will continue to move west northwestward until this morning or afternoon before turning westward. On the track forecast, the storm will be moving over the Luzon Strait between this afternoon and tomorrow early morning. and pass very close or over the Babuyan Islands, without ruling out the possibility of landfall over mainland northern Cagayan or a close approach over Batanes. However, considering the short-period acceleration observed over the past couple of hours, a slightly earlier traverse of Extreme Northern Luzon (i.e., beginning this morning) remains a possibility.
Maring is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow morning or afternoon. Outside the PAR, the storm will continue moving westward over the West Philippine Sea until it makes landfall in the vicinity of Hainan Island on Wednesday morning or afternoon.
Considering these developments, the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. Persons living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials. For heavy rainfall warnings, thunderstorm/rainfall advisories, and other severe weather information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your local PAGASA Regional Services Division.