‘Emong’ accelerates as it heads to Batanes-Babuyan Islands

‘Emong’ accelerates as it heads to Batanes-Babuyan Islands

MANILA – Tropical Depression Emong has accelerated, moving northwestward at 45 kph towards the area of Batanes-Babuyan Islands, the weather bureau said in its 5 p.m. bulletin Monday.

It has maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

“Emong” was last tracked 215 kilometers east northeast of Calayan, Cagayan, or 160 km. east southeast of Basco, Batanes.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga) including Babuyan Island.

Batanes and Babuyan Islands will continue to experience moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains. Isolated to scattered flash flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas susceptible to these hazards.

Adjacent areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

Strong breeze to near gale conditions, rough to very rough seas will continue to prevail over the seaboards of areas under TCWS no. 1, and the remaining seaboard of Cagayan.

Sea travel is risky over these waters.

PAGASA forecast “Emong” to make landfall in the vicinity of Batanes-Babuyan Islands on Monday night. The weather disturbance is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will prevail over the Ilocos Region, Apayao, the rest of Cagayan, Metro Manila, the Visayas, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, the Bicol Region, the Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, the Davao Region, and Zambales due to the trough of “Emong” and the southwest monsoon.

The rest of the country will have isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms, PAGASA said. (PNA

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