PAGASA: Storm signals lifted as Ramon dissipates; tropical storm Sarah slightly accelerates


Posted at Nov 20 2019 06:14 PM

PAGASA satellite imagery

MANILA - Tropical storm Sarah slightly accelerated as it moved north northwest while Ramon dissipated into a mere low-pressure area (LPA), the state weather bureau said Wednesday.

In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Sarah was spotted at 4 p.m. 540 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan while packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 80 kph gusts while moving 30 kph.

Storm signals were lifted over the northeastern portion of Isabela and the southeastern portion of Cagayan, while Signal no. 1 is still raised over Batanes, the northeastern portion of Cagayan and Babuyan Islands.

On Wednesday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte. 

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will prevail over Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, La Union, Benguet and the rest of Ilocos Norte.

On Thursday, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Batanes and Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands.

Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

PAGASA said sea travel is risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under storm signals, seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the western seaboard of southern Luzon due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by Sarah and the northeast monsoon.

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