By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Severe tropical storm “Inday” (international name “Ampil”) has already left the country but another low-pressure area (LPA) has developed into tropical depression “Josie.”
According to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Nikos Peñaranda, Josie was moving close to Burgos-Pagudpud area in Ilocos Norte before Saturday evening.
Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Batanes, northern Cagayan, Babuyan group of islands, Ilocos Norte, northern Ilocos Sur, Apayao, and northern Abra.
Josie was located at 45 kilometers west-northwest of Laoag City around 3 p.m. Saturday, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 65 kph.
It is expected to move east-northeast at 25 kph. It will likely move across Babuyan group of islands before leaving the country’s area of responsibility by Monday.
Peñaranda said moderate to heavy rains with gusty winds will prevail over areas under Signal No. 1.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, the rest of Ilocos Region, the rest of Codillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley Region, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Rizal, Cavite and Batangas will have scattered light to moderate with at times heavy monsoon rains until Sunday.
PAGASA said Ambuklao and Binga dams in Benguet started to release excess water on Saturday. The water discharged from Ambuklao and Binga dams flow into San Roque Dam in Pangasinan.
It reminded the public, especially those living near river channels, and in low-lying and mountainous areas to be on alert for possible flash flood or landslide.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon, especially in areas under Signal No. 1.
Josie is the fourth tropical cyclone that affected the country this month. The other cyclones were Gardo, Henry and Inday.