Issued (1530 UTC) 1130pm PhT 081013
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Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) continues to intensify and has attained Category 2 intensity. The typhoon was last located approximately 400km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. Maximum sustained winds are now at 165kph with gusts of up to 205kph. TY Utor is moving westward at 20kph.
As of 11pm tonight, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for the following provinces: Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Polilio Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes. Signal #1 is in effect for the following provinces: Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Metro Manila, and Northern Samar.
Places under Signal #2 should expect stormy conditions to occur within the next 24 hours with winds of up to 100kph possible along with heavy rains. Meanwhile, places under Signal #1 should expect winds of up to 65kph along with occasional moderate to heavy rains. As always, please consult the local news and officials for the latest warnings in your area.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Strong convective activity continues to emanate around the Central Dense Overcast. The eye still hasn't appeared although we are seeing hints of its formation. Utor will continue intensifying and will likely become a Category 3 Major Typhoon by tomorrow morning.
Radar Image from Virac (PAGASA)
Latest radar image out of Virac, Catanduanes shows the outer and inner rain bands moving in from the east. Catanduanes, Samar, and nearby islands could start to see some of these rains by tonight and into tomorrow. Winds should also increase gradually along with the waves.
There hasn't been much change in the forecast. For more details on that, click HERE for our in-depth update we issued earlier this afternoon.
We'll have our next update tomorrow morning.