Ambo moves over West PH Sea, as tropical storm expected to exit PAR Monday

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2020 06:14 PM | Updated as of May 16 2020 10:50 PM

US NOAA/Himawari-8 satellite image of tropical storm #AmboPH near the Philippines on Saturday.

MANILA--Tropical storm Ambo accelerated as it moved over the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Saturday, leaving destruction along its path in the Philippines.

In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the PAGASA said Ambo was spotted at 4 p.m. approximately 110 kilometers north-northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour near the center and 80 kph gusts. 

It was last seen moving north at 30 kph.

The PAGASA said the weather disturbance is still expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday afternoon.

On Saturday night, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over the Ilocos Region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and the northern portion of Aurora.

Between Saturday night and Sunday night, moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced in Batanes and the Babuyan Islands.

Flooding and rain-induced landslides could occur in highly to very highly susceptible areas during heavy or prolonged rainfall, said the PAGASA.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 is still up over Ilocos Norte, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the northwestern portion of Cagayan (Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Pamplona, Abulug, Ballesteros), and the northern portion of Apayao (Calanasan, Luna), according to the PAGASA.

These areas will experience 30 to 60 kph winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours.

Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over the seaboards of areas under TCWS.

Residents in affected areas were advised by the weather bureau to take appropriate measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Ambo, the country's first typhoon this year, first made landfall over San Policarpo in Eastern Samar and later hit Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar; Capul Island, Northern Samar; Ticao Island, Masbate; Burias Island, Masbate; and San Andres in Quezon.

The erstwhile typhoon left a trail of destruction after blitzing through the affected areas, cutting off electricity and communications and forcing residents to flee to evacuation centers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.