Tropical Storm Santi: Catanduanes signal no. 1
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MANILA, Philippines – Catanduanes is now under storm signal number 1 Thursday, October 10, as tropical storm Santi (international codename Nari) intensifies while moving closer to Luzon.
As of 4 am, Santi was located 400 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes (14.8°N, 128.2°E), carrying maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 90 km/h.
Catanduanes should expect winds of 45-60 km/h within the next 36 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 5 am bulletin on the storm. Rains with gusty winds and moderate to rough seas are expected in the province.
Residents of the province are advised to be on the lookout for possible flash floods and landslides.
The system is carrying moderate to intense rainfall (5.0-30.0 mm/h) within its 300 km diameter.
Santi is forecast to move west northwest at 11 km/h, towards the general direction of Aurora. By Friday morning, October 11, it is expected to be 190 km northeast of Virac, and 140 km east of Baler, Aurora by Saturday morning, October 12. Landfall is expected over the weekend.
As Santi moves closer to land, the rest of Bicol will have cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and thunderstorms, with the possibility of flash floods and landslides.
The Visayas, Mindanao, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Metro Manila is forecast to be cloudy with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms, while the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain.
The next bulletin on Santi will be issued at 11 am. – Rappler.com