Slightly weaker Ambo to continue drenching northern Luzon

Jamaine Punzalan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 16 2020 12:11 PM | Updated as of May 16 2020 06:15 PM

This image from PAGASA shows tropical storm Ambo hovering near Ilocos Norte province at 2 p.m. Saturday. PAGASA

MANILA (UPDATE) Tropical Storm Ambo (international name: Vongfong) is expected to bring heavy to moderate rains over northern Luzon even after it weakened slightly on Saturday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The first storm of 2020 was spotted 75 kms west northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte at 1 p.m., packing winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and 80 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
 
Moving north northwest at 25 kph, Ambo will dump moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan Valley, and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Ilocos and the Cordillera regions, and the northern portions of Aurora and Zambales.

Residents in these areas should look out for potential floods and landslides, warned the weather agency.

The storm earlier damaged houses and downed trees and electric posts in Quezon, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and Pangasinan provinces.

 

Ambo killed at least 3 in Eastern Samar, where it first made landfall, and one other in Quezon, said local officials.

Moderate to heavy rains are also expected over Batanes and Babuyan Islands by Sunday before Ambo leaves the Philippine area of responsibility on Monday, PAGASA said.

The following areas, which may be whipped by 61 to 120 kph winds within 24 hours, remain under signal number 2:

  • Ilocos Norte

Signal number 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours, is hoisted over:

  • Ilocos Sur
  • Abra
  • Babuyan Islands
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Western portion of Isabela (Sta, Maria, Sto. Tomas, Delfino Albano, San Pablo, Cabagan, Tumauini, Quirino, Mallig, Quezon, Roxas, San Manuel, Burgos, Gamu, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Ramon)
  • Western portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Villaverde, Solano, Bayombong, Ambaguio, Bambang, Kayapa, Aritao, Santa Fe)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Benguet
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • La Union
  • 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.

The water level of Angat Dam, the main water source of Metro Manila, was 190.19 meters as of 6 a.m., up by 2.66 meters from Friday, said PAGASA.

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