Storm signals up over C. Luzon, parts of Bicol, N. Luzon
DOST-PAGASA MTSAT-EIR Satellite Image for 5 p.m., 29 Oct. 2009
MANILA - The state weather bureau on Thursday afternoon reported that typhoon "Santi" (international code name Mirinae) is still making its way towards Central Luzon, raising the probability of a rainy All Saints' Day weekend in the area.
Public storm signals as of 5 p.m., 29 October 2009
PAGASA forecast track as of 2 p.m., 29 October 2009
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In their 5 p.m. weather advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that as of 4 p.m., "Santi" was spotted 800 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora.
The typhoon, the bureau reported, is packing maximum sutained winds of 150 kilometers per hour near the center, and carries wind gusts of up to 185 kph. It is also moving directly to the west, at a speed of 20 kph.
Public storm warning signals have been raised in several provinces in central, northern and eastern Luzon in anticipation of the typhoon's arrival.
Public storm warning signal number 2 has been raised over Aurora and northern Quezon (including Polillo Island).
Residents in these areas are expected to experience winds of up to 60-100 kph, and are forecast to have stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.
Meanwhile, public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over Isabela, Ifugao, Quirino, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes.
These areas are expected to experience winds between 30 to 60 kph, and will have rains and occasional gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.
Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signals #2 and #1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.
Those living along the coast in areas under signal #2 are advised to be on alert against storm surges and big waves generated by the typhoon.
PAGASA said "Santi" is estimated to be 360 km east of Baler, Aurora by Friday afternoon, and will be in the vicinity of Nueva Ecija by Saturday afternoon.
The rest of the country, meanwhile, will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms.
The bureau also said that moderate to strong winds, coming from the northeast, will prevail over northern and eastern Luzon, with moderate to rough coastal waters. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast and northwest, with slight to moderate seas, it added.