MANILA (UPDATE) —State weather bureau PAGASA raised tropical cyclone wind signal no. 2 over parts of Northern Luzon as tropical storm Maring moved closer to the area.
In its 5 a.m. Monday weather bulletin, PAGASA said Maring was at 350 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with 105-kph gusts.
It was moving west northwestward at 25 kph.
Signal No. 2 was hoisted over the following areas, which could experience damaging gale-force to storm-force winds within 24 hours:
- Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
- northern portion of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
Signal No. 1, which warns of strong winds prevailing within 36 hours, was still hoisted over:
- rest of Isabela
- Nueva Vizcaya
- La Union
- Nueva Ecija
- northern portion of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
- northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands and Calaguas Islands
PAGASA said Maring will continue to move west northwestward until Monday morning or afternoon before turning westward.
The storm will be moving over the Luzon Strait between Monday afternoon and Tuesday early morning, and pass very close or over the Babuyan Islands.
The state weather bureau said it is not ruling out the possibility of Maring's landfall over mainland northern Cagayan or a close approach over Batanes.
Maring is also forecast to intensify into a severe tropical storm within the next 12 hours.
It is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility Tuesday morning or afternoon, PAGASA said.
Check the ABS-CBN Weather Center for more updates.