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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

‘Aghon’ maintains strength as Metro Manila, other areas under Signal No. 1

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Tropical Depression “Aghon” has maintained its strength and continues to move west-northwestward over Sibuyan Sea.

In its 5:00 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the eye of Aghon was estimated, based on all available data, over the coastal waters of Sibuyan Island.  

The cyclone is moving at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph west-northwestward to northwestward over Sibuyan Sea and Tayabas Bay.

Aghon could make landfall over Marinduque within the next 12 hours. Upon making landfall, the weather bureau said, Aghon will continue to move northward and may possibly make another landfall over Batangas or Quezon and traverse the Calabarzon area.

“Re-intensification is possible and it may reach tropical storm category by Sunday,” PAGASA said.

Around Sunday afternoon or evening, PAGASA said Aghon will begin to recurve towards the northeast.

“As it moves over the Philippine Sea, the tropical cyclone is forecast to continuously intensify and may reach typhoon category on Wednesday,” it said.

The tropical cyclone may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility no earlier than Tuesday, the weather bureau added.

PAGASA said Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) 1 remained hoisted over Aurora, the eastern portion of Nueva Ecija, the eastern portion of Bulacan, Metro Manila, Quezon including Pollilo Islands, Romblon, Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands.

The northern portion of Northern Samar Biri, San Isidro, Capul, San Vicente, Victoria, Lavezares, San Antonio, San Jose, Allen, and Bobon were still under Signal 1.

PAGASA advised that flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible. It added that Aghon might bring moderate to rough seas over the coastal waters along the Bicol Region, Quezon, the eastern seaboard of Eastern Visayas, and the western seaboard of Samar and Northern Samar.

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