Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Northern Luzon

This alert expired on November 20, 2019 at 5:27:00 PM +0800 ·
This alert has been updated.
Alert area: Batanes, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Cagayan
Posted November 20, 2019 at 5:27:32 AM +0800
A tropical cyclone will affect the the locality.
Winds of 61 kph up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.


Location of eye/center : At 4:00 AM today, the center of Severe Tropical Storm "RAMON" was estimated based on all available data including Aparri Doppler Radar at at in the vicinity of Baggao, Cagayan (18.0, 121.9).
Strength : Maximum winds of 100 kph near the centerand gustiness of up to 165 kph.
Forecast movement : Forecast to move Southwest at 10 kph

Forecast position :
• 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 255 km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales(14.7°N, 117.7°E)

Areas in Cagayan under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #3 are now placed under TCWS #2.
Rainfall outlook for today: Light to moderate with occasional to frequent heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Apayao, and the northern portion of Ilocos Norte. Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Ilocos Sur, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, the northern portion of Isabela, and the rest of Ilocos Norte.
Residents in the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take appropriate actions, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the Thunderstorm or Rainfall Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings to be issued by PAGASA Regional Services Divisions.
Coastal flooding may be experienced in the coastal areas of Northern Luzon, especially on its western and northern portions due to high waves near the coast associated with both STS Ramon and the Northeast Monsoon.
Sea travel is risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, as well as the seaboards of southern Isabela, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes, the western seaboardd of Zambales, Bataan. Occidental Mindoro and Palawan, and the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur due to prevailing or forecast rough sea conditions caused by STS “Ramon”, TD “Sarah” and the Northeast Monsoon.
The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 8 AM today.

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What is a Public Storm Warning Signal #2?


A Public Storm Warning Signal is issued when a tropical cyclone poses a threat to any part of the country. The Public Storm Warning Signal number is based on wind intensity.

At Public Storm Warning Signal #2, winds of 61-120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.

Sea conditions (open sea):

    • Wave heights of 4.1-14 meters
    • Storm surge possible in coastal areas

Damage to structures:

    • Light to moderate damage to high-risk structures
    • Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures
    • No to very light damage to low-risk structures
    • Unshielded and dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials may be partially damaged or unroofed
    • Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off
    • Some old, wooden electric posts may be tilted or downed
    • Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards

Damage to vegetation:

    • Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil, and similar trees are downed or broken
    • Some coconut trees may be tilted with a few others broken
    • Rice and corn may be adversely affected
    • Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees, with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down