MANILA (UPDATE) - Tropical depression Carina is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area as it moved away from Batanes and approached southern Taiwan, the state weather bureau said Tuesday morning.
Carina was spotted 155 kilometers (km) west of Basco, Batanes at 10 a.m., packing maximum winds of 45 km per hour and 55 kph gusts, PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.
Batanes remains under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may cause branches of small trees to break and some houses of very light materials (nipa and cogon) may be partially unroofed.
The storm will bring scattered light to moderate, at times heavy, rains over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and Ilocos Norte, according to PAGASA senior weather specialist Chris Perez.
Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in the affected areas, the weather agency said.
Small boats are warned against venturing out into the sea as waves of 1.2 up to 3.1 meters will be experienced over the seaboards of northern Luzon in the next 24 hours, said PAGASA.
Carina crept closer to the Philippines as the country struggled to contain the novel coronavirus disease, cases of which breached the 57,000-mark Monday.
Two earlier storms this year drove tens of thousands into evacuation centers while practicing physical distancing measures as local governments struggled with resources already depleted by the pandemic.
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