Signal no. 2 raised over northeastern Cagayan, Batanes as 'Falcon' nears Luzon

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 17 2019 12:03 AM | Updated as of Jul 17 2019 03:00 AM

MANILA - Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) no. 2 was raised over northeastern Cagayan and Batanes Tuesday evening as tropical storm "Falcon" moved closer towards extreme northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.

The weather disturbance was last spotted 195 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 80 kph gusts, PAGASA said.

Falcon is expected to make landfall over the Babuyan-Batanes area on Wednesday afternoon or evening, according to the weather agency.

Signal no.1 was raised over Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Isabela, Mountain Province, Ifugao, northern portion of Aurora, northern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, and northern portion of Quirino

Signal no. 2 was also raised over the Babuyan Group of Islands.

Between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, and Guimaras, PAGASA said. 

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and the rest of Visayas, Central Luzon, and Mimaropa.

Between Wednesday evening and Thursday evening, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley, the weather agency said.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over the Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

The weather disturbance may exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday morning, PAGASA said.

Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be at risk of flooding and landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures.

PAGASA said sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS alerts, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboard of Southern Luzon, and the eastern and western seaboards of Visayas.