Typhoon Lando maintains strength; 4 areas under Signal No. 3

Typhoon Lando maintains strength; 4 areas under Signal No. 3
PAGASA expects the typhoon to make landfall over the Isabela-Aurora between Saturday night and Sunday morning. Signal No. 2 is raised over 13 areas, and Signal No. 1 over 17 areas

MANILA, Philippines – Four areas are now under Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 as Typhoon Lando maintained its strength on Saturday morning, October 17.

As of 4 am Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA estimated the center of Lando at 335 km east of Baler, Aurora, with maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h.

It is still moving west in direction, now at 12 km/h, with heavy to intense rainfall estimated within the typhoon’s 600-km diameter. 

The typhoon continues to increase its threat to the Isabela-Aurora area where it is expected to make landfall between Saturday night and Sunday morning, October 18. 

Aurora, Quirino, Isabela, and Polillo Island are all under Signal No. 3 (121-170 km/h expected in 18 hours). A storm surge of up to 2.0 meters is possible at coastal areas under this storm signal, as open sea wave height can go up to more than 14.0 meters.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

Signal No. 2 (61-120 km/h expected in 24 hours) has been raised over 13 areas. 

  • Northern Quezon
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Nueva Ecija
  • La Union
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan group of Islands

Storm surge is also possible at coastal areas under this storm signal as open sea wave height can go from 4.1 m to 14.0 m.

Meanwhile, 17 areas are under Signal No. 1 (30-60 km/h expected in 36 hours): 

  • Batanes
  • Pangasinan
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Bataan
  • Rizal
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Southern Quezon
  • Cavite
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Metro Manila

“Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over provinces under PSWS #1 while those under PSWS #2 and #3 will have stormy weather,” the bureau said in its 5 am bulletin issued Saturday. 

PAGASA has warned fisherfolk against venturing out over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

The next bulletin on Typhoon Lando will be issued at 11 am Saturday. – Rappler.com

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