More provinces placed under Signal No. 3 as 'Labuyo' nears landfall
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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE - 8:37 p.m.) More provinces were placed under public storm warning signal No. 3 Sunday evening, meaning winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour should be expected, as typhoon “Labuyo” moved closer to Casiguaran, Aurora where it is expected to make landfall on Monday.
The storm was last tracked 190 kilometers southeast of Casiguran and moving west-northwest at 19 kph with maximum winds of 165 kph gusting up to 200 kph.
Placed under Signal No. 3 are Aurora, Nueva Viscaya, Mt. Province, Polilio Island, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Ecija, and Isabela.
Signal No. 2 (61-100 kph winds) was up over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Rizal, northern Quezon, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga and Cagayan.
Albay, Sorsogon, the rest of Quezon, Laguna, the Calayan and Babuyan islands, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas and Metro Manila were under Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds).
Flash floods and landslides
"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals nos. 3, 2, and 1 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," the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Services said.
The weather bureau said Labuyo might bring rainfall of 7.5 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 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.
Labuyo “is expected to be in the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora by Monday morning. By Tuesday morning, it is expected be at 270 km northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Norte.
In Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has declared a red alert and prepositioned its resources in areas where Labuyo is expected to have an extreme effect.
The agency’s spokesman, Maj. Rey Balido, said the red alert took effect at 8 a.m.
“Nag-declare tayo ng red alert effective 8 a.m. Ang regions na naapektuhan at maapektuhan sa susunod na araw, on standby na,” Balido said.
Balido said his office is focusing its monitoring in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR).