5 areas now under storm signal warning

(UPDATED) Pagasa puts Batanes and Calayan Islands under Signal No 2 and three others under Signal No 1

(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has put 5 areas under storm signals as tropical storm Ambo intensified Saturday evening, June 2, and began moving north.

In its latest weather bulletin issued at 11 pm, Pagasa put the Batanes Group of Islands and Calayan Island under Signal No 2, which means residents should expect winds of 61 to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 24 hours.

Pagasa also put 3 other areas under Signal No 1, which indicates 30-60 kph winds within the next 36 hours. These are the following:

  • Isabela

  • Cagayan

  • Babuyan Island

SATELLITE PICTURE. As of 10:32 pm, Ambo is moving northwards.

Pagasa estimated Ambo at 230 km northeast of Casiguran, Aurora as of 10 pm Saturday.

In a press conference earlier in the day, Pagasa said Ambo may exit the Philippine area of responsibility after 48 hours, or late Monday.

By Sunday evening, Ambo is expected to be 370 km east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan. By Monday evening, it should be 530 km northeast of Basco, Batanes. And by Tuesday evening, it is expected to be farther away at 855 km northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Pagasa said it is unlikely to dump rain as heavy as that of tropical storm Ondoy, which killed and devastated hundreds in 2009.

It then warned residents in affected low-lying and mountainous areas about possible flash floods and landslides. (Read the latest Pagasa weather bulletin below.) 

Earlier on Saturday, Pagasa raised Signal No 1 over 7 areas due to Ambo.

The weather bureau will release its next weather bulletin Sunday 5 am. – Rappler.com

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