MANILA - Severe tropical storm "Carina" slightly intensified as it moved further north, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday.
In its 10 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Carina was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 130 kph.
It was located 85 kilometers (kms) west northwest of Aparri, Cagayan, or at 80 kms northeast Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
Moderate to heavy rains were expected within the 500-kilometer diameter of the storm as it moves across Cagayan.
PAGASA placed Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Cagayan, including Babuyan Group of Islands, under public storm warning signal number 2.
Signal number 1, meanwhile, remained hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya and Isabela
Carina made landfall in Cabutunan Point in Gattaran at 1:20 p.m., according to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD)-Region 2.
It was expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday.