Signal no. 1 up in 4 extreme N. Luzon areas


Posted at Jul 21 2014 09:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 22 2014 04:35 AM

Forecast track of Typhoon "Henry" issued at 5 a.m., 21 July 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA.

Signal no. 1 up in 4 extreme N. Luzon areas

MANILA (UPDATE) – Four areas in extreme northern Luzon remain under public strorm warning signal number 1 due to Typhoon ''Henry'', state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA said signal number 1 is up over Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, and Calayan Group of Islands. These areas should expect winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour in at least 36 hours.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., the typhoon's eye was located 480 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph.

Henry was moving northwest at 20 kph. At this rate, the typhoon will be 220 kms east of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday morning.

Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said given its current movement, Henry may either graze or make landfall in extreme northern Luzon.

Quitlong said as the typhoon passes east of the country, it will enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat). This may trigger moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Cagayan Valley, Aurora, MIMAROPA, Bicol Region, and the Visayas region.

An estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) is expected within the typhoon's 500-km diameter.

Residents in areas vulnerable to monsoon rains are advised to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Fishermen and those with small vessels are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.