Typhoon Kiko likely to bring heavy to intense rains over N. Luzon
MANILA – Typhoon Kiko is expected to bring heavy to intense rains over northern Luzon this week, the state weather bureau said Thursday.
In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Kiko was last located 550 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center with 240-kph gusts and winds extending 200 kms from the typhoon’s center.
It was last seen moving west northwestward at 20 kph.
PAGASA said Kiko will likely bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Batanes, and northern Isabela starting Friday afternoon. Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains, meanwhile, may be experienced over the rest of Isabela.
The agency warned of scattered to widespread flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides in affected areas.
Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1, which warns of strong winds prevailing within 24 hours, is still hoisted over:
• Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
• Northeastern portion of Apayao (Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Santa Marcela)
• Northeastern portion of Isabela (Santa Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan)
PAGASA said winds reaching strong breeze to near gale strength with occasional gusts will be experienced in these areas.
“This may result (in) up to very light damage to structures and vegetation. However, it must be noted that as the typhoon progresses towards extreme northern Luzon, higher wind signals will be hoisted in some localities within Northern Luzon,” the agency said.
PAGASA said storm signal no. 4 is still the highest wind signal that may be hoisted for Kiko.
PAGASA said it is expected to pass very close to northeastern Cagayan and cross the vicinity of Babuyan Islands and Batanes between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon.
The weather bureau said it has not yet ruled out the possibility of Kiko’s landfall over mainland Cagayan.
The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday afternoon and will move north-northeastward towards East China Sea.
Malacañang spokesman Harry Roque earlier said preparations for Kiko are underway.
“We ask the public to continue to remain alert and vigilant, take precautionary measures, observe minimum public health standards, and cooperate with their respective local authorities in case of an evacuation,” he said in a statement.