PHILIPPINE Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday said “Falcon” has intensified into a tropical storm before making landfall in the Babuyan-Batanes area today.
“Falcon” has gained strength as it continues to move rapidly on a westerly track, threatening extreme northern Luzon.
In a bulletin issued at 5 p.m. yesterday, “Falcon” was 335 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan and moving west at 30 kilometers per hour, packing maximum winds of 65 km/h.
Signal no. 2 was raised over the northeastern part of Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands .
Signal no. 1 was up over the rest of Cagayan, Batanes, northern part of Ilocos Norte, northern part of Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, eastern part of Mountain Province and eastern part of Ifugao
Weather specialist Benny Estareja aside from Falcon, the southwest monsoon (habagat) is also affecting a large portion of Luzon, Visayas and western Mindanao
According to PAGASA, moderate to heavy rains is expected today and tomorrow over Ilocos region, Cordillera, Cagayan, Isabela, Zambales and Occidental Mindoro.
Metro Manila, Calabarzon and the rest of Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Mimaropa will experience light to moderate and at times heavy rains.
Falcon is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday.