MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Pablo (Bopha), now a tropical depression, is lingering off the coast of Ilocos Norte Sunday, December 9, and is expected to dissipate within the next 12 hours.
As of 9 am Sunday, the “almost stationary” Pablo was spotted 80 km west of Laoag City (17.9°N, 119.7°E), carrying maximum winds of 55 km/h, the state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 10 am tropical cyclone warning.
Ilocos Norte, the Babuyan group of islands, and Apayao, are under signal number 1. Storm signals elsewhere are lowered.
The tropical storm, carrying moderate to heavy rainfall (5-10 mm/h), is moving east northeast slowly, and will be 40 km north of Laoag City by Monday morning.
Mountainous or low-lying areas under public storm signals are warned against landslides or flashfloods, while seas here will be rough, and big waves and storm surges are possible.
On the other hand, the rest of Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain or thunderstorms, while the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy skies with brief rain.
The rest of the country will have brief rain or thunderstorms.