PAGASA warns of floods, landslides as Typhoon Paolo strengthens

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PAGASA warns of floods, landslides as Typhoon Paolo strengthens
Bicol, the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and ARMM should watch out for serious flooding, landslides, strong winds, and lightning

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MANILA, Philippines – State weather bureau PAGASA warned much of the country to be on alert for floods and landslides, as Typhoon Paolo (Lan) strengthened on Thursday afternoon, October 19.

In a bulletin issued past 4 pm on Thursday, PAGASA said Paolo now has maximum winds of 130 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 120 km/h, and gustiness of up to 160 km/h from the previous 145 km/h.

The typhoon is already 930 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora, moving north northwest at 15 km/h.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals since Paolo is too far from land, and it is not expected to make landfall in the Philippines. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

But the outer rainbands of the typhoon are bringing moderate to heavy rain to Bicol, the Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM). These areas should watch out for serious flooding and landslides, strong winds, and lightning, according to PAGASA. (READ: Heavy rain triggers floods in Dumaguete)

Zamboanga City is already under a state of calamity due to days of heavy rain triggered by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ).

There will also be light to moderate – and occasionally heavy – rain in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and the rest of Mindanao. These areas must also be on alert for possible floods, landslides, strong winds, and lightning.

The rest of Luzon will experience isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening. Flash floods and strong winds are possible.

Coastal waters across the Philippines are also moderate to rough.

Paolo is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, October 22.

Forecast track of Typhoon Paolo as of October 19, 4 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

PAGASA also continues to monitor a low pressure area (LPA), which has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone.

The LPA is already 175 kilometers northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan, bringing moderate to heavy rain to the province. –

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