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Friday, March 1, 2024

‘Maymay’ moving north, Signal 1 over six areas

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Tropical Depression “Maymay” on Tuesday remained stationary over the Philippine Sea but is forecast to maintain strength prior to its landfall in the vicinity of the southern portion of Aurora or the northern portion of Quezon on Wednesday.

Due to the frictional effects, “Maymay” may be downgraded to “remnant low” while traversing over the landmass, the state weather bureau said.

The center of the tropical depression was estimated at 265 km east of Casiguran, Aurora. It was moving southwest at 10 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 was raised over Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, and the extreme northern portion of Quezon.

In its latest weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said these will experience moderate to heavy rain showers are forecast over the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela, and Apayao.

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Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains are likely over Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Aurora, and Kalinga.

Scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas highly susceptible to these hazards, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, rough to very seas are forecast over the seaboards of northern Luzon (Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan, and Isabela); the western seaboard of northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon (Ilocos Sur, Aurora and the eastern coast of Polillo Island, Jomalig and Patnanungan).

PAGASA advised fishing boats and small seacrafts not to venture out into the sea and larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.

“Maymay” may decelerate and generally move southwest in the next 48 hours.

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