Saturday, July 4, 2015

Tropical Storm Linfa (Egay) Update #4

Issued (1330 UTC) 930pm PhT 070415

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Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) has maintained its intensity as it moves closer towards Luzon. The storm's center was last located approximately 140km northeast of Casiguran, Aurora or about 350km northeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds remain at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. TS Linfa is currently moving northwestward at 15kph.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has issued Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Kalinga, Apayao, Isabela, Quirino, Northern Aurora, Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands. Signal #1 for Rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Abra, and Ilocos Norte.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the strong convective activity associated with Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) are beginning to make their way towards Northern Luzon. Expect bands of light to moderate rains to spread throughout the region throughout the night with the heaviest rainfall likely across Northeastern Luzon, especially Cagayan, Aurora, and Isabela provinces. Up to 150mm of rainfall is possible over the next 24 hours.

Tropical Storm Linfa is forecast to continue moving slowly to the northwest and may make landfall early tomorrow morning (Sunday) near the Isabela, Cagayan border and will be passing near the cities of Ilagan, Tuguegarao, and Aparri. Stormy conditions will persist through tomorrow afternoon as Linfa turns northward towards the Batanes Islands. After that, Linfa is forecast to head towards Taiwan possibly as a Category 1 Typhoon.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!

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