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Isang closes in on Cagayan, Isabela

Rappler.com
Twelve provinces are under storm signal number 1; Isang also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, bring rain to other parts of Luzon, Visayas

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression Isang intensified a bit Tuesday afternoon, July 16, as it continues to move towards northwest Luzon.

Isang was spotted 230 km east northeast of Baler, Aurora (16.2 ̊N, 123.7 ̊E) as of 4 pm Tuesday, carrying maximum winds of 55 km/h near the center as it moves northwest at a speed of 15 km/h.

Twelve provinces are under storm signal number 1, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 5 pm weather advisory:

  • Aurora
  • Quirino
  • Isabela
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Apayao
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Batanes

Residents of these areas should be on the lookout for possible flash floods and landslides.

Moderate to heavy rain (5-15 mm/h) is estimated within the system’s 300 km diameter.

Isang is expected to be near Cagayan by Wednesday afternoon, July 17, and will be 380 km northwest of Aparri, Cagayan by Thursday afternoon, July 18.

The weather system will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing light to moderate rain and thunderstorms over Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Bicol, and Western Visayas.

The next bulletin will be issued at 11 pm. – Rappler.com

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