Monday, September 26, 2011

TY Nesat (Pedring) Update #11 Brief (LANDFALL)

Typhoon Nesat (Pedring) is now approaching the coast of the Aurora/Isabela Border, roughly 30km north of Casiguran. It has rapidly intensified over the past 6 hours and has attained Category 3 Major Typhoon Status on the Saffir-Simpson Scale. Nesat is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

Latest IR Image shows the well established eye (supported by an earlier radar image from Baler: see our previous post) is now moving over the coast of Luzon. You can also see the bright yellow returns which indicate very intense convection which could bring moderate to heavy rains and strong typhoon-force winds.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Typhoon force winds extend up to 80km away from the center: this includes Northern Aurora (towns of Dilasag, Dinalungan, Dipaculao, and the city of Casiguran) and also Southern Isabela (Dilasag, Dinapigue, and Palanan).

As of 5am today, PAGASA has raised Signal Warning #3 for Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Cagayan, Isabela, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pangasinan, and Zambales. Signal #2 for Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Northern Quezon, Polillo is., Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang is., Babuyan , Calayan group of islands, and Metro Manila. Signal #1 for Batanes, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Burias is., Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Southern Quezon, Catanduanes, Calamian group of is., Romblon group of islands.

Nesat will continue moving across Isabela and into Quirino Province later today. It will then move across Nueva Vizcaya, and Benguet later this afternoon. It will pass less than 100km north of Baguio by tonight.

We'll have more update later this afternoon.
Issued (22 UTC) 6am PhT 092711

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