Typhoon 'Labuyo' intensifies, signal no. 3 over Catanduanes
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MANILA -- Storm signal number 3 was hoisted over Catanduanes, signal no. 2 over nine areas, and signal no. 3 over 26 areas including Metro Manila as typhoon Labuyo further intensified, the state weather forecaster said on Sunday.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said as of 8 a.m. Sunday, Labuyo was located at 180 km of northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 300 km East of Daet, Camarines Norte (14.5°N, 126.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of 185 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.
Weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said if Labuyo would not change its course, it should make landfall over Aurora by Monday morning.
He noted that with its speed, the typhoon was expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday to head toward southern China.
With public storm warning signal no. 3 raised over Catanduanes, winds between 100 kph and 185 kph may be expected in 18 hours.
Pagasa placed the following nine areas under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds): Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur.
Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Northern Samar, Cagayan Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province,
Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias, Ticao Islands, and Metro Manila.
"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under all storm signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal no. 3 and no. 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa said.
The weather bureau said Labuyo might bring rainfall of 7.5 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within 600-km diameter of the typhoon.
Pagasa said typhoon Labuyo would enhance the southwest monsoon, which would bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
"Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao," Pagasa also said.