Carina shifts course, barrels toward Luzon Strait: PAGASA


Posted at Jul 14 2020 12:37 AM | Updated as of Jul 14 2020 06:06 AM

Courtesy of PAGASA website

MANILA (UPDATE) - Tropical depression Carina is expected to advance towards Luzon Strait and pass near the Babuyan Islands and Batanes after changing course Monday evening, according to PAGASA.

In its latest weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said Carina was last spotted 115 kilometers east northeast of Calayan town, Cagayan packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and 55 kph gusts, as it was moving northward at 20 kph.

PAGASA however said the weather disturbance may still make landfall over Batanes. It's also expected to weaken into a low-pressure area on Tuesday or Wednesday morning.

Between Monday night and Tuesday afternoon, scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Batanes, the northern portion of Cagayan -- including Babuyan Islands -- Ilocos Region, Apayao and Abra. Scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains meanwhile will fall on the rest of northern Luzon.

PAGASA said flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan are still under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1. The weather agency said the areas may experience occasional gusts due to Carina.

Moderate to rough seas with waves of 1.2 up to 3.1 meters will be experienced over the northern and eastern seaboards of northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon in the next 24 hours, said PAGASA, advising those with small seacrafts not to venture out to sea.

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for updates.