Typhoon Ramon slows down as it nears landfall; new LPA spotted

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon slowed down as it continuous to threaten the Babuyan Islands, according to PAGASA’s latest forecast.

As of 8:00 AM Tuesday (November 19), Typhoon Ramon was located at 110 km East of Calayan, Cagayan, packed with sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

It is moving slowly towards the West-Northwest direction and is forecast to make landfall over the Babuyan Islands between the afternoon or evening today.

Due to the land interaction and the Northeast Monsoon, the typhoon is forecast to weaken following landfall, according to PAGASA.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 is up in the Northern portion of Cagayan where winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Signal No. 2 remains over the areas of Batanes, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in these areas in at least 24 hours .

Signal No. 1, on the other hand, is up in Northern portion of Isabela, Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, La Union and Pangasinan.

Winds of 30-60 kph may be experienced in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.

Residents in these provinces should expect stormy weather, take appropriate actions, coordinate with disaster officials for emergency concerns, and continue monitoring for updates from PAGASA.

Fishing boats and other sea vessels especially the small ones are advised to refrain from venturing out as sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, the seaboard of southern Isabela, and the western seaboard of Zambales and Bataan due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions.

Meanwhile, at 7:00 AM Tuesday, PAGASA has located a low pressure area (LPA) at 810 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The weather disturbance is forecast to develop into a Tropical Depression within 24 hours.

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