Bagyong Pedring Update : PAGASA raises Storm Signal No. 3 over five new areas

Synopsis: At 4:00 a.m. today, Typhoon “PEDRING” was estimated based on radar, satellite and surface data at 40 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.4°N, 122.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 19 kph. Forecast: Northern and Central Luzon and Bicol region will experience stormy weather while the rest of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will have rains with gusty winds. The rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms while Mindanao will be mostly cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over the rest of the country with moderate to rough seas. Five new areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 3 Monday evening as Typhoon Pedring (Nesat) intensified further, moving West Northwest toward northeastern Luzon. It is expected to make landfall over Aurora-Isabela by Tuesday morning. According to the 11 p.m. update from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), eight areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 3, while 18 others were placed under Storm Signal No. 2, including Metro Manila. Eight other areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 1. According to the Department of Education guidelines, elementary to high school classes in areas under Storm Signal No. 2 are automatically suspended. Classes at the collegiate level are automatically suspended in areas under Storm Signal No. 3. PAGASA had earlier placed 14 areas — including Metro Manila — under Storm Signal No. 2 and 19 areas are under Signal No. 1. “Pedring” is expected to be within the vicinity of Baguio City by Tuesday afternoon, and 40 km south of Sinait, Ilocos Sur by Tuesday evening. The typhoon has maximum winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph, according to the 11 p.m. PAGASA update. “Pedring” is expected to move west northwest at 17 kph. PAGASA estimated the rainfall from “Pedring” at 15-25 millimeters per hour within the typhoon’s 650-km diameter. The storm is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Visayas. According to GMA News’ “Saksi,” people may get in touch with government agencies for emergencies.
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