MANILA — Tropical storm Ramon maintained its strength as it crept closer to Luzon on Thursday morning, prompting the state weather bureau to hoist warning signals over more areas, it said.
Ramon was 290 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes at 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and 80 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
The country's 18th storm this year will hit land in Isabela or Cagayan province on Sunday morning, said PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario.
Tropical cyclone signal 2 remains hoisted over Catanduanes province, which may be whipped by 120 kph winds in 24 hours.
Signal 1 was raised over areas that will be lashed by 30-60 kph winds in 36 hours, including the eastern portion of Isabela, northern Aurora, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Eastern Samar and Northern Samar, said PAGASA.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will dampen Bicol Region, Quezon, and the eastern portions of Isabela and Cagayan starting Thursday, added the weather bureau.
Rescue equipment and relief goods were on standby in Cagayan, where heavy rains last week left at least 3 dead, said Governor Manuel Mamba.
Several other provinces suspended Thursday's classes due to Ramon.
Another tropical storm outside the Philippine area is unlikely to enter the country or affect Ramon, said PAGASA's Ordinario.
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