MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ramon (Kalmaegi) continued to move toward the Babuyan Group of Islands before dawn on Tuesday, November 19, while the low pressure area (LPA) that forecasters have also been monitoring entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
In a bulletin issued 5 am on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ramon is now 120 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan.
The typhoon is still moving west northwest at a slow 10 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It continues to have maximum winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h.
Based on its latest forecast track, Ramon is expected to make landfall in the Babuyan Group of Islands between Tuesday morning and afternoon, and again in the northern coast of Cagayan between Tuesday afternoon and evening.
It is forecast to gradually weaken after hitting land, "due to the land interaction and the northeast monsoon," said PAGASA.
Here is the latest list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals:
Signal No. 3 (winds of 121 km/h to 170 km/h)
Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 km/h to 120 km/h)
Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)
The rain from Ramon will be heaviest on Tuesday. Flash floods and landslides remain possible. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
Classes were suspended in some areas for Tuesday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, November 19, 2019)
Travel also remains risky, especially for small vessels, in the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals, the seaboard of the southern part of Isabela, as well as the western seaboard of Zambales and Bataan.
Ramon could leave PAR early Thursday, November 21. By then, it would have likely weakened into a tropical depression.
Ramon is the Philippines' 18th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 2nd for November.
Image from PAGASA
Meanwhile, the LPA entered PAR at 2 am on Tuesday, and is now 930 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
At the moment, it is not affecting any part of the country. But it is likely to develop into a tropical depression within 24 hours.
If it becomes a tropical depression, it would be given the local name Sarah – potentially the Philippines' 19th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 3rd for November. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)
The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones had been projected.
Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones for the last two months of 2019: