Bagyong Falcon has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to move westward, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 pm bulletin on Tuesday, July 16.
At 4:00 PM today, the center of Tropical Storm “FALCON” was estimated based on all available data at 335 km East Southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
Moving west at 30 kph, Bagyong Falcon has maximum winds of up to 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
Between today and tomorrow afternoon, 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. 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 tomorrow afternoon and Thursday (July 18) afternoon, moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley. Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over the Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA.
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, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of areas under TCWS and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 may be raised over the northern portions of Aurora, Quirino and Nueva Vizcaya and the rest of Abra, Mt. Province and Ifugao in the succeeding Severe Weather Bulletins.
This weather disturbance is expected to closely approach or make landfall over Babuyan-Batanes Islands area tomorrow evening and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday (19 July).