MANILA — “Ambo” (Vongfong) has weakened into a severe tropical storm (STS) as it heads to northern Quezon-Laguna area, the weather bureau said in its 2 p.m. bulletin.
The STS was last eyed in the vicinity of Agdangan, Quezon, moving northwestward at 20 kph. It packs maximum sustained winds of up to 110 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over the Bicol Region, Quezon, Aurora, Marinduque, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, and Quirino.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 2 is hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, La Union, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Metro Manila, Laguna, the eastern portion of Pangasinan (San Nicolas, Natividad, San Quintin, Umingan, Balungao, Sta. Maria, Tayug, Asingan, San Manuel, Binalonan, Laoac, Urdaneta, Villasis, Rosales, Sto. Tomas, Alcala, Bautista, Bayambang, Urbiztondo, Basista, Malasiqui, Sta. Barbara, Manaoag, Mapandan, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Sison, Mangaldan, Dagupan, Calasiao, Binmaley, Lingayen, Bugallon, Aguilar, San Carlos, Mangatarem), the western portion of Isabela (Quezon, Mallig, Roxas, Quirino, San Manuel, Burgos, Gamu, Reina Mercedes, Aurora, Luna, Cabatuan, Naguilian, Benito Soliven, Cauayan, San Guillermo, Dinapugue, San Mateo, Alicia, Angadanan, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, Jones, San Agustin, Santiago, Cordon), Cavite, Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Camarines Norte, western portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot), Marinduque, and Batangas.
These areas will experience damaging gale storm-force winds during the passage of Ambo, according to PAGASA.
TCWS no. 1 is raised over Cagayan, including Babuyan Islands, Batanes, the rest of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Oriental Mindoro, Burias Island, the rest of Camarines Sur, and the northern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco, Polangui, Libon, Oas, Ligao, Guinobatan, Pio Duran.
These areas may have strong to gale-force winds during the passage of Ambo.
Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over the seaboards of all areas under TCWS, PAGASA said. (ia/PNA)