Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 070515
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Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) has made landfall in the province of Isabela this morning and is currently crossing the extreme part of Northern Luzon. The storm center was last located approximately 40km south of Aparri or about 50km north northwest of Tuguegarao. Maximum sustained winds are at 95kph with gusts of up to 120kph. TS Linfa is moving northwestward at 10kph.
As of 5am this morning, 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 the Rest of Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Batanes.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the convection associated with Tropical Storm Linfa has now moved ashore into Northern Luzon. TS Linfa made landfall in Isabela Province earlier this morning and is now moving across Cagayan. Heavy rains are being reported in numerous towns in the area, along with gusty winds. We expect the stormy conditions to linger for the next 6 hours or so. Furthermore, southerly inflow is bringing bands of light to moderate rains across Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila. Unsettled weather will continue for parts of the country this weekend.
Radar Image from DOST-PAGASA
Meanwhile, the latest radar image out of Aparri shows bands of light to moderate rains, with pockets of heavy rains, continue to make their way across the region. Up to 100mm of rainfall accumulations are possible before Linfa moves away from the area tonight. For the latest weather forecasts and radar images across the Philippines, please click HERE (Project NOAH).
Tropical Storm Linfa (Bagyong Egay) will continue moving northwestward and will exit the island of Luzon later this afternoon. It will, then, turn northward and will move towards Taiwan by early next week.