Falcon retains strength, threatens Babuyan Islands


Posted at Jul 17 2019 06:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2019 09:48 AM

MANILA—Tropical storm Falcon maintained its strength as it threatens the Babuyan Group of Islands, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Wednesday.

Moving northwest at a speed of 35 kilometers per hour (kph), Falcon packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kph, with gusts of up to 80 kph.

In its latest weather advisory, PAGASA said Falcon was last spotted off the coast of Aparri, Cagayan and is heading towards Babuyan Group of Islands. It made its first landfall in Gattaran, Cagayan at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Tropical cyclone warning signals remain hoisted over the following areas:

Signal no. 2

-Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal no. 1

-Ilocos Norte
-Mountain Province
-northern Aurora
-northern Nueva Vizcaya
-northern Quirino

Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Cavite, Batangas, 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, the Visayas and Mimaropa.

On Thursday, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, Cavite and Occidental Mindoro. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

PAGASA said Falcon may leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning.