’Maring’ maintains strength

The center of Tropical Storm Maring was estimated based on all available data at 745 km East of Catarman, Northern Samar, or 840 km East of Southern Luzon, based on the weather advisory released 5. p.m. Saturday by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Its maximum sustained winds was 85 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.

“Maring” is moving eastward at 20 km/h.

Strong winds or higher extend outwards up to 600 km from the center, the weather bureau said.

From Saturday to Sunday morning, moderate to heavy rains are possible over Western Visayas, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan including Kalayaan, Calamian, and Cuyo Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over the Bicol Region, Caraga, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Visayas. Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Due to the expansive wind field of the tropical storm and the southwesterlies, PAGASA said occasional gusts reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength may still be experienced over Eastern and Western Visayas, Caraga, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon even in the absence of a wind signal.

There is also a moderate to high likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 will be hoisted for some localities in Northern Luzon beginning tonight or Sunday in anticipation of the arrival of strong breeze to near gale conditions with higher gusts.

With the expansive wind field of “Maring”, it said the uncertainty in its interaction and possible merging with Tropical Depression Nando, and the track and intensity forecast post-merger, there is a possibility that areas outside Northern Luzon may also be placed under TCWS and that a higher wind signal may still be hoisted within the forecast period.

Considering these developments, the public is advised to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. Persons living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local disaster risk reduction and management offices.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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