'Labuyo' now a typhoon, threatens Luzon

by Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Aug 10 2013 11:00 PM | Updated as of Aug 11 2013 05:05 PM

Pagasa's projected track of Typhoon Labuyo

MANILA - Public storm warning signals were hoisted in 38 areas in the country, including Metro Manila, late Saturday night amid the threat posed by Typhoon Labuyo, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The storm intensified in the waters off the eastern Philippines and is now a full-blown typhoon.

Labuyo is packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 150 kph, PAGASA said.

It was last spotted 470 kilometers east of Daet, Camarines Norte and is moving west-northwest at 19 kph.

The typhoon is bringing estimated rainfall from 5 to 16 mm per hour (moderate to intense) within its 600-kilometer diameter.

Public storm warning signal number 2 has been raised over the following areas:

Isabela
Aurora
Quirino
Polillo Is.
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes

Storm Signal No. 1 has been declared over the following areas:

Cagayan
Calayan
Babuyan Group of Islands
Ilocos Norte
Apayao
Abra
Kalinga
Ilocos Sur
Mountain Province
Ifugao
La Union
Benguet
Nueva Viscaya
Pangasinan
Tarlac
Nueva Ecija
Zambales
Pampanga
Bulacan
Bataan
Rizal
Quezon
Cavite
Laguna
Batangas
Marinduque
Albay
Sorsogon
Burias
Ticao Islands
Metro Manila   
Northern Samar

The typhoon is forecast to make landfall in northern Luzon.

It is expected to be 220 km east of Baler, Aurora by Sunday night.

"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal no. 2 and no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal no. 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa said.

It added that Typhoon Labuyo will enhance the southwest monsoon, which will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains over the rest of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

"Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Visayas and Palawan," Pagasa warned.