PAGASA: Heavy rains to spoil long weekend


Posted at Aug 26 2011 12:24 AM | Updated as of Aug 26 2011 09:50 PM

Signal No. 3 raised in Isabela, Cagayan, northern Aurora

MANILA, Philippines - If you're planning to take advantage of the long holiday weekend, bring an umbrella.

Weather bureau PAGASA said typhoon “Mina” will be bringing heavy rains to Luzon, particularly the western part, from Saturday to Sunday while keeping the Visayas and Mindanao untouched.

"If you look at our forecast, if you want to travel, go to Visayas and Mindanao because that's where the good weather is from Saturday to Tuesday, But for Luzon especially the western side of Ilocos Norte, Baguio up to Batangas ay basa tayo Saturday to Sunday and then improve on Monday," Graciano Yumul, PAGASA officer-in-charge and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary, said.

Yumul said the typhoon will bring rains in the western seaboard including Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and the Bondoc Peninsula. Other areas to be hit by monsoon rains are Metro Manila, Iloilo, Tanauan, and Bicol region.

He said Baguio City will have lots of rain tomorrow and then gradually improve on Sunday.

Yumul said PAGASA also hoisted gale warnings in the central and southern Luzon seaboards, saying that small seacraft should not venture out this weekend.

He also warned against diving in traditional dive spots such as Anilao. "If you like to dive in Anilao, the current will be very strong," he said.

The PAGASA chief warned the public that typhoon Mina remains strong, packing 150 kph winds and gusts of up to 185 kph. He said the weather bureau is monitoring the storm despite current forecasts that showed the storm will not make landfall.

Public storm warnings

The following public storm signals remain hoisted over the following areas:

Signal No. 3:
Northern Aurora

Signal No. 2:
Babuyan Grp.
Rest of Aurora

Signal No. 1:
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Mt. Province
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Ecija

In its latest severe weather bulletin issued 5 a.m., PAGASA said Mina was 170 kilometers (kms) east of Casiguran, Aurora.

It was packing maximum sustaining winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 185 kph.

Mina, which has a diameter of about 600 kms, is expected to be 100 kms northeast of Tuguegarao City by Saturday morning.

By Sunday morning, typhoon Mina will be 40 kms south southeast of Basco, Batanes, PAGASA said.

A gale warning was also issued over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Yumul warned residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals to watch out for possible landslides and flashfloods.

PAGASA also warned residents living in coastal areas against big waves or storm surges generated by the typhoon.