Signal no.1 up in Batanes as storm approaches: PAGASA

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 14 2018 07:24 PM | Updated as of Jun 15 2018 12:07 AM

MANILA - Tropical cyclone warning signal number one has been raised in Batanes due to an approaching tropical depression, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

PAGASA weather forecaster Robert Badrina said the tropical depression was last spotted 335 km northwest of Basco, Batanes outside the Philippine area of responsibility.

Badrina said the storm will be named Ester once it enters PAR.

“We’re expecting it to enter between tonight and tomorrow. We will expect occasional rains with gusty winds particularly in Batanes due to the approaching weather disturbance," Badrina told ANC's Top Story.

"Meanwhile, the southwest monsoon and tropical depression will bring moderate to heavy rains over Ilocos region, Cordillera region, Zambales, and Bataan."

Moderate to heavy rains are expected until the weekend in Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, and Batangas due to the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of northern Luzon and western seaboard of Central Luzon.

A low-pressure area located 440 km east-southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has also been spotted. PAGASA said it is less likely to develop into a tropical depression.

Badrina said Visayas and Mindanao will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers and thunderstorms.