Signal No. 1 in 7 areas as TD ‘Ambo’ approaches

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The low pressure area located east of Borongan City has developed into a tropical depression now named ‘Ambo’ as the first tropical cyclone to affect the country this year, according to the state weather bureau.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of 11:30 a.m., ‘Ambo’ was spotted some 182 km East of Virac, Catanduanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and it is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph.

Maintaining its speed and movement, ‘Ambo’ is expected to make landfall at Aurora province on Monday and will weaken after making landfall.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected in 36 hours) is hoisted over the provinces of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Northern Quezon, Polillo Islands, Aurora and Quirino.

These areas will experience occasional rains and gusty winds.

The estimated rainfall amount is from 2.5 – 10 mm per hour (moderate-heavy) within the 200 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.

Occasional moderate to heavy rains is expected over Central Luzon, CALABARZON and Bicol Region beginning on Sunday as ‘Ambo’ is expected to be at 80 km east of Baler, Aurora by Monday morning.

By Tuesday morning, ‘Ambo’ is forecast to be at 220 km, west of Laoag City and by Wednesday morning, it is expected to be at 660 km, northwest of Laoag City or 700 km, west of Basco, Batanes.

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