MANILA - Tropical Depression Falcon has intensified into a tropical storm, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.
The weather disturbance was spotted 335 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 80 kph gusts, PAGASA said.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No.1 was raised over Batanes, rest of Cagayan, northern portion of Ilocos Norte, northern portion of Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, eastern portion of Mt. Province, and eastern portion of Ifugao.
Signal No. 2 was also raised over the northeastern portion of Cagayan, including the Babuyan Group of Islands.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be raised over the northern portions of Aurora, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Abra, Mt. Province, and Ifugao.
Moderate to heavy rains may be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Guimaras.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas, Central Luzon, and Mimaropa.
Between Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.
Falcon is expected to closely approach or make landfall over the Babuyan-Batanes islands area Wednesday evening and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday.
Residents in affected areas, especially those living in places identified to be at risk of flooding and landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky in areas under TCWS alerts and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas.