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Super Typhoon ‘Egay’ threatens, may make landfall in Northern Luzon

SUPER Typhoon “Egay” has maintained its strength as it threatens Northern Luzon where it may make a landfall between late Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, the state-run weather agency said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. advisory that Signal No. 5 remained up over the eastern portion of Babuyan Islands (Camiguin Island).

Screengrab photo from DOST-PAGASA press briefing

Pagasa said the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana and Gonzaga) and the rest of Babuyan Islands are under Signal No. 4 while the northeastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Maconacon, Palanan, Santa Maria, San Pablo, Santo Tomas, Cabagan and Tumauini), the rest of Cagayan, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, the northern portion of Kalinga (Rizal, Pinukpuk and Balbalan), Batanes and the northern portion of Abra (Tineg, Lagayan, Lacub and Danglas), Signal No. 3.

Signal No. 2 is up over the rest of Isabela, northern and central portions of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan, Dipaculao), Quirino, the rest of Kalinga, northeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Kasibu, Quezon, Diadi, Bagabag, Ambaguio, Villaverde, Solano, Bayombong), Ilocos Sur, the rest of Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, northern portion of Benguet (Bakun, Mankayan, Buguias, Kabayan, Kibungan, Atok) and northern portion of La Union (Bangar, Sudipen, Luna, Balaoan, Santol).

The state weather bureau said Signal No. 1 is raised over Metro Manila, Quezon including Polillo Islands, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, the rest of Benguet, the rest of La Union, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Marinduque, all Luzon.

Estimated some 190 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, Egay is moving at the speed of 20 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 185kph near the center and gustiness of up to 230kph, the latest advisory said.

The super typhoon will likely make landfall or pass very close to Babuyan Islands-northeastern mainland Cagayan area between late Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning, it said.

Pagasa said there is a high risk of storm surge, which may cause flooding in the low-lying and exposed coastal areas of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur.

Under the influence of Egay, a gale warning is in effect over several coastal waters along the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and Northeastern Mindanao.

In the next 24 hours, the super typhoon will bring moderate to rough seas over the coastal waters outside the gale warning area along the western, northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

“Mariners of small sea craft are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing over these waters. If inexperienced or operating ill-equipped vessels, avoid navigating in these conditions,” Pagasa said.

Egay is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday morning.

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