MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm Ramon has intensified into a severe tropical storm as it aims for landfall towards northern Cagayan, according to state weather service PAGASA.
Based on PAGASA’s 5:00 PM, the center of the storm is at 125 km East of Aparri, Cagayan with sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph while moving towards the West-Northwest direction at 10 kph.
It is expected to make landfall between Monday night (November 18) and Tuesday morning (November 19).
Thus, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 was raised over the following areas:
- Cagayan (including the Babuyan Islands)
- Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Delfino Albano, Tumauini, and Divilacan)
- Ilocos Norte
These areas may experience winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours, PAGASA warned.
Meanwhile, TCWS No. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:
- Ilocos Sur
- Mountain Province
- La Union
- Northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan)
- Rest of Isabela
Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in these areas at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours.
PAGASA advised residents in the said areas to prepare for possible landslides and flashfloods and to monitor updates from PAGASA regarding the current weather system.
Likewise, sea travel remains risky especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the western seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.
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