Typhoon Lando ‘increases threat’; Signal no. 3 raised in several areas


Typhoon Lando has maintained its strong intensity as it continues to pose a threat in several provinces.

In a weather bulletin released by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 5 a.m. today, it has been noted that the weather disturbance continues to pound areas in the northern part of the country.

The typhoon, which sports a maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 185 kph, is forecast to move towards the west at 12 kph.

The weather bureau has raised Public Storm Warning Signals (PSWS) in several areas, wherein the provinces of Aurora, Quirino, Isabela, and Polilio Islands were placed at signal no. 3. Such places may experience heavy damage to high-risk structures and widespread disruption of basic services.

Meanwhile, the areas of Northern Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Cagayan, Babuyan, and Calayan group of Islands were raised to signal no. 2, and may experience light to moderate damages to structures.

Lastly, resting on signal no. 1 are the provinces Batanes, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, and Metro Manila, that may experience very light or no damages to low-risk structures.

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Lando is expected to make a landfall between the areas of Aurora and Isabela either on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, and is estimated to produce heavy to intense amount of rainfall.