Signal No. 2 raised in Catanduanes as ‘Ramon’ slightly slows down

Robie de Guzman

MANILA, Philippines – The province of Catanduanes has been placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 2 as Tropical Storm ‘Ramon’ (international name: Kalmaegi) slightly slows down, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Wednesday.

Six areas remained under Signal No. 1 – Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon in Luzon, and Eastern Samar and Northern Samar in the Visayas.

In its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said ‘Ramon’ was last seen at 390 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It is still moving in the west-northwest direction at the speed of 10 kph.

Signal No. 1 may also be raised over Polilio Island on Wednesday evening, PAGASA said.

‘Ramon is expected to be located 160 kilometers northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Thursday afternoon, Nov. 14, it added.

The state weather bureau said that between Wednesday and Thursday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over eastern portion of Cagayan and Isabela, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes.

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Apayao, Aurora, Quezon and the rest of Cagayan, Isabela and Bicol Region.

“Between tomorrow afternoon and Friday afternoon, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over the eastern portion of Cagayan and Isabela. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, Quezon, Aurora, and Apayao,” PAGASA said in its bulletin.

It also advised residents in the said areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, to take precautionary measures, coordinate with respective local disaster offices, and continue monitoring for weather updates from the state weather bureau.

PAGASA added that sea travel is also risky, especially for small sea crafts, 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.

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