The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration on Monday warned the public of possible landslides as Typhoon “Paeng” continued to approach extreme Northern Luzon.
Senior weather forecaster Rene Paciente said Paeng will spawn light to moderate rain on Wednesday to dampen the rain-soaked soil in many parts of Northern Luzon, including the Cordillera region, and cause landslides.
“Even a moderate rainfall or thunderstorm can cause landslides. We ask those in the mountainous areas to please leave the landslide-prone sites,” Paciente said.
Paeng is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon while moving toward Batanes.
It may not bring as much rains as “Ompong,” but the tip of Northern Luzon―Babuyan Island and Batanes Island―are expected to receive heavy rain and strong winds.
Paciente said Paeng is weaker than Ompong, which flooded and caused landslides in Northern Luzon and killed several people.
As of 3 pm Monday, the eye of Paeng was located 905 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, and packing sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 225 kilometers per hour. It was moving west-northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
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