By Ellalyn de Vera Ruiz
Tropical storm “Ramon” (international name “Kalmaegi”) on Thursday slightly moved north-northward and may make landfall over northern Isabela or Cagayan province by Sunday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Ramon has moved closer to the country and was estimated at 500 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora.
It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 80 kph, while moving north-northwest and slightly slower at 15 kph.
PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said Ramon has slightly changed track but the general direction is still towards Northern Luzon.
Should it maintain its current movement, he said Ramon may make landfall over northern Isabela or Cagayan province by Sunday.
Tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over Catanduanes, while Signal No. 1 is up over the eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Palanan, Dinapigue), northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan), Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Albay.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been lifted over Sorsogon, Eastern Samar and Northern Samar.
Likewise, a gale warning is still in effect as sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 1, coasts of Northern Luzon, and eastern coastlines of Aurora and Quezon. Rough sea conditions may prevail over these areas until the weekend.
As of Thursday, Ordinario said light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will be experienced over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Quezon, and the eastern parts of Isabela and Cagayan.
By Friday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may continue over the eastern portion of Cagayan and Isabela, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains are likely over northern Aurora, Camarines Norte and Polillo Island.
Ordinario said Ramon is seen to traverse Northern Luzon and exit the landmass of Ilocos Norte by Monday.
However, it may remain inside the country’s area of responsibility until Wednesday. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)