Typhoon Goring approaches Luzon Strait; Signal No. 3 over Babuyan Islands

Typhoon Goring approaches Luzon Strait; Signal No. 3 over Babuyan Islands

Typhoon Goring threatens Northern Luzon; PAGASA warns of potential landslides, flooding, and strong winds across regions. Photo: Himawari-8

TACLOBAN CITY – Typhoon Goring continues its trajectory towards the Luzon Strait, maintaining strength, with the Babuyan Islands on high alert as Signal No. 3 remains raised, as per the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) update.

In the latest bulletin at 5 a.m., PAGASA said the typhoon's center, positioned 220 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, boasts sustained winds of 155 km/h near its center and gustiness reaching 190 km/h. It moves in a north-northwest direction at 10 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 currently affects the northeastern parts of Babuyan Islands. Areas under Signal No. 2 include Batanes, the remaining parts of Babuyan Islands, and the northeastern region of mainland Cagayan. Meanwhile, several parts of mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte fall under Signal No. 1.

PAGASA predicts accumulated rainfall of up to 200 mm in specific regions. These heavy rains elevate the risks of flooding and landslides, especially in susceptible areas. The enhanced southwest monsoon is also expected to cause occasional rains in portions of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas over the forthcoming days.

Due to Typhoon Goring's effects, areas like Batanes, Northeastern Cagayan, and Babuyan Islands are expected to face stormy weather conditions, with risks of flooding, landslides, and strong winds. Other areas, including Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan, and Isabela, will also experience adverse weather patterns, posing threats to life and property.

Additionally, provinces such as Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Northern Palawan are anticipated to receive monsoon rains caused by the southwest monsoon, further elevating flooding and landslide risks.

Metro Manila, the Zamboanga Peninsula, the rest of Luzon, and Visayas should prepare for cloudy skies and sporadic rain showers due to the effects of the southwest monsoon. Meanwhile, the rest of Mindanao can expect intermittent rain showers and potential flash floods.

PAGASA has also issued a gale warning for multiple seaboards across the country.

Goring's predicted path indicates a northwestward movement across the Luzon Strait, likely affecting the Batanes region between Wednesday morning and afternoon. The typhoon is expected to intensify, possibly nearing super typhoon strength as it approaches or passes over Batanes.

Beyond the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), Goring will continue on a west-northwestward trajectory, eventually weakening as it nears the southeastern China region, specifically around the Hong Kong/Pearl River Delta, by Sunday. —iTacloban

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