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Fast-moving 'Labuyo' expected to leave land by Monday afternoon
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MANILA – (UPDATE 2, 10:40 a.m.) Fast-moving typhoon Labuyo is expected to exit land Monday afternoon and the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) said in its 9 a.m. weather bulletin Monday.

Bukas improving na ang panahon, maliban lamang sa (The weather is expected to improved tomorrow, except perhaps for) Western Luzon,” said Pagasa weather forecaster Jori Loiz.

 The typhoon is forecast to move west-northwest at 19 kph.

At 9 a.m., Labuyo was tracked in the vicinity of Baguio City (16.6°N, 120.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph and gustiness of 170 kph, Pagasa said.

Disastrous effects

The typhoon has caused power outage in Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Ifugao.

At the same time, at least two Nueva Vizcaya bridges - Villarosa Bridge in Bagabag and Dupac Bridge in Dupax del Norte - were flooded and temporarily closed to traffic.

At least two kilometers of the national highway in Sta. Fe town, before reaching the Dalton Pass, was also closed to traffic because of fallen trees and other debris. 

In Isabela, restoring electricity is underway after a large part went powerless at around 2 a.m.

Data from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) showed that more than 40 families were evacuated Sunday night from the coastal areas in Dinapigue town because of storm surges or sudden occurrence of big waves.

Early morning landfall

Typhoon Labuyo made a landfall in Aurora province 3 a.m. Monday as it slightly decreased its strength, Pagasa said.

Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said Labuyo made landfall in Casiguran, Aurora and may weaken as it continues to cross northern Luzon.

Duran said Labuyo weakened from 175 kph on Sunday morning to 165 kph Monday morning while its gustiness went down from 210 kph to 200 kph.

As of 7 a.m. Monday, the eye of typhoon Labuyo was located in the vicinity of Nueva Vizcaya (16.4°N, 121.3°E).

Labuyo has gained speed from 19 kph to 22 kph and continued to move west-northwest and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday headed towards Southern China, Duran said. 

Duran also said most parts of the country will continue to experience rainy weather due to Labuyo enhance southwest monsoon affecting Palawan, western Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula.

He added most parts of Luzon will experience gusty winds especially those under the public storm warning signals.

Storm signals

Public storm warning signal no. 3 (winds of 101-185 kph are expected in at least 15 hours) is raised over the following 15 provinces: Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Northern Aurora.

Pagasa said the six areas in Luzon placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph are expected in at least 24 hours) are: Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Tarlac, rest of Aurora, and Nueva Ecija.

Meanwhile, 10 areas under public storm warning signal number 1 (winds of 45-60 kph are expected within the next 36 hours) are Batanes, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo Island, Laguna, Cavite, and Metro Manila.

"Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal nos. 3, 2, and 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal no. 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa said.

Meanwhile, public storm warning signals everywhere else are now lifted.

More rains, more waves

The weather bureau said Labuyo may bring rainfall of 10 to 25 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within 600-km diameter of the typhoon.

Pagasa said typhoon Labuyo will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.

"Fishermen especially those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the western and southern seaboards of southern Luzon and the seaboards of Visayas due to big waves generated by typhoon Labuyo," Pagasa said.

In Aurora, strong winds and rains knocked down the power supply and also the communications signal in Aurora.

According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), at least 224 families (935 persons) were affected in Region 5.

Stranded passengers, suspended classes

Stranded passengers in different ports have climbed to 8,079, 32 vessels, 669 rolling cargoes, and 10 motorbancas, 2 cargo vessels, and 18 commercial vessels took shelter.

Almost all areas in Metro Manila have suspended classes at all levels and some provinces affected by Labuyo.