MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Carina (Nida) maintained its strength Sunday morning, July 31, as it posed a threat to the province of Cagayan.
In its bulletin issued 8 am on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Carina is expected to make landfall in Cagayan this afternoon. It will exit landmass via Ilocos Norte late in the evening.
As of 7 am, the tropical storm was 210 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, still moving northwest toward Northern Luzon at 20 km/h.
Carina still has maximum winds of up to 85 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 100 km/h.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected within the 400-km diameter of the tropical storm.
Signal number 2 is up over the following provinces:
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Mt. Province
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
Signal number 1, meanwhile, is raised over these provinces:
- La Union
- Nueva Vizcaya
Areas under storm warning signals should be on alert for possible floods and landslides.
PAGASA warned that there could also be rains in the rest of Central Luzon and Northern Luzon, as well as the provinces of Quezon and Camarines Norte.
Meanwhile, coastal waters in the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon are rough to very rough.
Carina is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday, August 1.