Tropical Storm Falcon makes landfall in Cagayan

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Tropical Storm Falcon makes landfall in Cagayan
After hitting Gattaran, Cagayan, Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) is moving toward the Babuyan Group of Islands before dawn on Wednesday, July 17

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) made landfall in Gattaran, Cagayan, at 12:30 am on Wednesday, July 17, and is now heading toward the Babuyan Group of Islands.

In a bulletin issued 5 am on Wednesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Falcon is already over the coastal waters of Aparri, Cagayan, en route to the direction of Babuyan.

It slightly accelerated, now moving west northwest at 35 kilometers per hour (km/h) from 30 km/h in the wee hours of Wednesday. This is fast for a tropical cyclone.

Falcon continues to have maximum winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 80 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Tropical cyclone wind signals remain raised in parts of Luzon.

Signal No. 2:

  • Apayao
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal No. 1:

  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Isabela
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • northern part of Aurora
  • northern part of Nueva Vizcaya
  • northern part of Quirino

Falcon also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is triggering rain as well.

Below is the latest on the expected rainfall:

Wednesday, July 17

  • Moderate to heavy rain
    • Ilocos Region
    • Cordillera Administrative Region
    • Cagayan Valley
    • Central Luzon
    • Cavite
    • Batangas
    • Occidental Mindoro
    • northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands
    • Aklan
    • Antique
    • Capiz
    • Iloilo
    • Guimaras
  • Light to heavy rain
    • Metro Manila
    • Calabarzon
    • Bicol
    • rest of Mimaropa
    • rest of the Visayas

Thursday, July 18

  • Moderate to heavy rain
    • Ilocos Region
    • Zambales
    • Bataan
    • Batangas
    • Cavite
    • Occidental Mindoro
  • Light to heavy rain
    • Metro Manila
    • Cagayan Valley
    • Cordillera Administrative Region
    • rest of Central Luzon
    • rest of Calabarzon
    • rest of Mimaropa

Residents of those areas must stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides, especially in high-risk zones.

Classes have been suspended in some areas for Wednesday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

Sea travel also remains risky in the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2, and in the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboard of Southern Luzon, and the eastern and western seaboards of the Visayas.

Falcon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday, July 19.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) as of July 17, 2019, 5 am. Image from PAGASA

Falcon is the Philippines’ 6th tropical cyclone for 2019. The first 5 were all tropical depressions. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:

  • July – 2 or 3
  • August – 2 to 4
  • September – 2 to 4
  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 1 or 2
  • December – 0 or 1

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. –

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Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections and also supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters.