'Ramon' maintains strength; 3 Luzon provinces under storm signal

SOME areas in at least three provinces in Luzon remain under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 1 while Tropical Storm Ramon slowly moves north northwest.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Ramon was last seen as of 10 a.m. Friday, November 15, at 460 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

Ramon has maintained its strength, with 75 kilometers per hour (kph) of winds near its center and gusts of up to 90 kph.

TCWS Number 1 has been hoisted over the eastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Lal-lo, Gattaran, Baggao and Peñablanca), eastern portion of Isabela (Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan and Dinapigue), and Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan).

Pagasa, however, has lifted TCWS 1 over Polillo Islands.

It said light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains may be experienced Friday over the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, Bicol Region, Romblon, Panay Island, and Cuyo Islands.

On Saturday, November 16, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, and light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Apayao, northern Aurora and the rest of Isabela and Cagayan.

The weather bureau has warned residents living in flood-prone or landslide-prone areas to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Pagasa said sea travel is risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions. (EZN)