Tropical storm Sarah intensifies, moves closer to Batanes

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Posted at Nov 21 2019 12:59 AM | Updated as of Nov 21 2019 06:34 AM

MANILA - Tropical storm Sarah slightly intensified and accelerated as it moved northwestward, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the weather disturbance was spotted at 10 p.m. approximately 440 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan with maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 90 kph gusts while moving at 35 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 is still raised over Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan, said PAGASA.

The signal in Batanes may be upgraded early Thursday due to Sarah's acceleration, the weather agency added.

Meanwhile, a low-pressure area (LPA) that was once tropical depression Ramon was also spotted over Capas town, Tarlac. 

It will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over most of central Luzon Wednesday night and Thursday.

On those same days, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will prevail over the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela. 

Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will be experienced in the rest of Cagayan and Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province and Ifugao.

Residents in affected areas, especially those in areas identified to be highly susceptible to flooding and 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 seacraft, 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, the weather bureau said.

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