MANILA - Tropical storm Ambo (international name: Vongfong) is expected to bring heavy to moderate rains over Northern Luzon before it leaves the Philippine area of responsibility early next week, state weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday.
As of 7 a.m. the eye of the tropical storm was spotted over the coastal waters of Santa Cruz in Ilocos Sur, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and 125 kph gusts.
Ambo is moving north northwestward at 20 kph and is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and the northern portions of Aurora and Zambales.
The storm earlier hammered Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan provinces after making its 7th landfall over Real, Quezon late Friday. It is expected to leave PAR on Monday, PAGASA said.
Moderate to heavy rains are also expected over Batanes and Babuyan Islands by Sunday before Ambo exits PAR.
Residents in these areas are urged to take precautions and monitor weather updates, especially rainfall or thunderstorm advisories, PAGASA said.
Sea travel is also risky for all types of seacrafts over the seaboards of areas under storm signal warnings and the east coast of Quezon including Polillo Island.
Tropical cyclone wind signals remained hoisted over the following areas:
Signal number 2, where wind speeds of 61 to 120 kph may be experience within 24 hours:
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- La Union
- the eastern portion of Pangasinan (Lingayen, San Carlos City, Basista, Malasiqui, Alcala, Sto. Tomas, Rosales, Balungao, Umingan, Binmaley, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Urdaneta City, Villasis, Sta. Maria, San Quintin, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Mapandan, Manaoag, Laoac, Binalonan, Asingan, Tayug, Natividad, San Jacinto, Pozzorubio, San Fabian, Sison, San Manuel, San Nicolas), Apayao
- Mountain Province
- Babuyan Islands
- the northwestern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Praxedes, Claveria, Sanchez Mira, Pamplona, Abulug)
- Nueva Vizcaya
- the northern portion of Nueva Ecija (Carranglan, Lupao, San Jose City, Pantabangan).
Signal number 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours:
- the rest of Cagayan
- the rest of Nueva Ecija
- the northern portion of Zambales (Santa Cruz, Candelaria, Masinloc, Palauig, and Iba)
- the rest of Pangasinan
Ambo 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.
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