MANILA - Ramon has weakened into a tropical storm as it continued to move further inland and another weather disturbance approached northern Luzon on Wednesday morning, the state weather bureau said.
In its 8 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Ramon was last spotted in the vicinity of Tuguegarao City in Cagayan, packing maximum winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 140 kph.
The 18th storm to enter the country this year is forecast to further weaken into a low pressure area within 24 hours, PAGASA said.
Tropical cyclone wind signals remain hoisted over the following areas:
• Signal number 2, where wind speeds of 61 to 120 kph may be experienced within 24 hours.
- Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
• Signal number 1, where wind speeds of 30 to 60 kph may be experienced within 36 hours.
- Northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Sto. Tomas, Quezon, Tumauini, Divilacan, Quirino, Roxas, Mallig, San Manuel, Burgos, Gamu and Ilagan City)
- La Union
- Mountain Province
The storm will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte, PAGASA said.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are expected over Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Isabela, and the rest of Ilocos Norte, it added.
Meanwhile, PAGASA is also monitoring Tropical Depression Sarah last spotted at 750 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon as of 4 a.m., with 55 kph winds and 70 kph gusts.
Sarah is forecast to take Ramon's track and hit northern Luzon, weather specialist Loriedin De La Cruz earlier said.
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