Signal No. 1 up in 6 northern provinces as Tropical Depression Josie enters PH


Posted at Jul 21 2018 12:18 PM | Updated as of Jul 21 2018 06:06 PM

MANILA (UPDATE) - State weather bureau PAGASA on Saturday raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 over 6 provinces in northern Luzon as a low-pressure area (LPA) developed into Tropical Depression Josie. 

This as severe Tropical Storm Inday just left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) after days of enhancing the southwest monsoon (habagat), dumping rains that triggered flooding in parts of Luzon. 

As of 2 p.m., the following provinces were under Signal No. 1:
- Batanes
- Northern Cagayan including the Babuyan Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- northern parts of Ilocos Sur
- Apayao 
- northern parts of Abra

Josie was last spotted 155 kilometers west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph and gustiness of up to 65 kph, PAGASA said.

It is expected to travel east-southeast at 15 kph and may exit PAR on Wednesday. 

PAGASA said the tropical depression is expected to bring widespread moderate to heavy rains over the Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Zambales, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija. 

It warned residents, especially those living in low-lying or mountainous areas or near river channels, to take caution against possible floods and landslides. 

Scattered light to moderate and occasional heavy rains, meanwhile, may be expected over Metro Manila, Calabarzon and the rest of Central Luzon, PAGASA said. 

The weather bureau also warned that sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.