'Gener' continues to gain strength, threatens N. Luzon


Posted at Jul 29 2012 11:29 AM | Updated as of Jul 30 2012 04:12 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Tropical Storm "Gener" continues to gain strength, threathening the extreme Northern Luzon, weather bureau PAGASA said.

In PAGASA’s weather bulletin realeased at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Gener was last spotted at 380 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, moving in a north northwest direction at 15 kilometers per hour.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center with gustiness of up to 120 kilometers per hour.

Signal No. 1 is raised over Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao while signal No. 2 is up over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Island and Batanes Group of Islands.

Gener is also enhancing the southwest monsoon which will bring rains over Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas, especially the western section, and Northern Mindanao.

Residents in areas with storm signals should be on alert for possible floods or landslides.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard reminded shipping companies and fishermen to observe a no-sail order released by authorities as parts of the country is affected by bad weather due to Gener.

PCG spokesperson Algier Ricafrente said the no-sail zone for small sea vessels is in effect over Cagayan, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands.

If it will maintain the same speed and direction, PAGASA is expecting Gener to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday afternoon.