Josie forecast to become tropical storm on Sunday: PAGASA


Posted at Jul 21 2018 11:48 PM | Updated as of Jul 22 2018 07:55 AM

MANILA—Tropical Depression Josie has slowed down but is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday night.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Josie continues to threaten the Babuyan group of islands and was last spotted 65 west southwest of Calayan, Cagayan.

It is packing maximum winds of 60 kph near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph, and moving east northeast at 15 kph.

"By July 22, inaasahan natin itong mag-intensify as tropical storm sa hapon. And then sa Monday, July 22, nasa labas na siya ng Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), by afternoon or evening," PAGASA weather specialist Ezra Bulquerin said in a press briefing.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:
- Batanes
- Northern Cagayan including the Babuyan Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Apayao 
- northern parts of Abra

PAGASA again raised signal no. 1 over northern parts of Ilocos Sur.

Josie is forecast to bring scattered to widespread moderate and heavy rains over the Ilocos region, the Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, the Babuyan group of islands, Zambales, Tarlac, and Nueva Ecija.

Metro Manila, CALABARZON, the rest of Central Luzon and of Cagayan Valley, and Mindoro provinces, will experience scattered light to moderate with occasional heavy rains.

Residents of said areas are advised to take appropriate actions against possible flooding and landslide.

Sea travel also remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon, especially in areas under tropical cyclone warning signal no.1.

Josie, the fourth storm to hit the country this month, is expected to leave the PAR on Monday.

Bulquerin said PAGASA was also monitoring a low-pressure area outside PAR but did not give further details.

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