MANILA (UPDATE)—Tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) in some areas in the Philippines were lifted, as Typhoon Bising continued to move north-northwestward over the Philippine Sea east of Cagayan Valley while slowing down.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Bising was 395 km east of Tuguegarao City at 4 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and 215 kph gusts while moving at at 15 kph.
The typhoon will continue to advance northward or northwestward until Wednesday night or Thursday early morning, the weather agency said, before moving from the landmass of northern Luzon.
Bising is expected leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday night or Sunday night.
PAGASA projected the typhoon will gradually weaken before slowing down to severe tropical storm category by Saturday, and turn into a tropical storm by Sunday.
As the typhoon gradually dissipates, TCWS no. 1 signals in some areas were lifted by PAGASA.
The following areas are still under TCWS no. 2, where winds of up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours:
- Eastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Baggao, Gattaran, Lal-Lo, Peñablanca, Santa Teresita, Buguey)
- Eastern portion of Isabela (Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan)
TCWS no. 1, where winds of up to 60 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours, was raised over the following areas:
- Rest of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
- Rest of Isabela
- Eastern portion of Kalinga (Rizal, Tabuk City, Pinukpuk, Tanudan),
- Eastern portion of Mountain Province (Paracelis, Natonin)
- Eastern portion of Ifugao (Alfonso Lista, Aguinaldo)
- Northern and central portion of Aurora (Dipaculao, Baler, Dinalungan, Casiguran, Dilasag)
- Polillo Islands
- Northern portion of Camarines Norte (Capalonga, Jose Panganiban, Paracale, Vinzons, Talisay, Daet, Mercedes, Basud)
- Northeastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Caramoan)
- Northern portion of Catanduanes (Caramoran, Viga, Gigmoto, Panganiban, Bagamanoc, Pandan)
The death toll due to Bising was at two on Tuesday as it brought rains and winds over the eastern part of Luzon and Visayas, according to the state disaster response agency.
Cagayan Governor Manuel Mamba said the province has yet to feel any effect from Bising.
"Sa ngayon wala naman gaanong ulan, paambon-ambon lang. Wala pang nararanasang malakas na hangin. Walang power interruptions, no evacuees, forced evacuation," he told ABS-CBN's Teleradyo.
(Right now there's not much rain, only drizzles. We have yet to experience strong winds. There's no power interruptions, evacuees or forced evacuation.)
"Normal pa rin po hanggang ngayon pero naghanda rin po kami dito baka lang lalapit sa amin dito."
(The situation here remains normal but we've also prepared in case the storm approaches us here.)
Isabela Governor Rodito Albano said the local government was more concerned about COVID-19 than the storm as the province's virus death toll rose to "around 300."
More hotel owners have lent their facilities as isolation centers, he said.
"Mababa naman ang Cagayan River so wala kaming evacuation na ginagawa. 'Yung lupa hindi naman soaked sa tubig kasi ngayon lang umulan." he said.
(The Cagayan River's water level remains low so we have yet to evacuate residents. The soil is not soaked with water because it only rained recently.)
"'Di kami nagaalala sa bagyo, nagaalala kami sa COVID talaga."
(We're not worried about the storm, we're worried about COVID.)
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said more than 5,000 families or 20,000 individuals are staying at evacuation centers, while over 7,000 families or at least 28,000 people took refuge in their relatives' homes.
In the Eastern and Central Visayas regions, 42,155 families or 159,978 people were preemptively evacuated due Bising, the second weather disturbance to hit the country this year.
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