(5 p.m. UPDATE) All tropical cyclone warnings have been lifted on Tuesday afternoon as tropical depression “Carina” continues to move away from the country, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
At 4 p.m. Tuesday, the tropical depression was estimated at 140 kilometers west-northwest of Basco, Batanes, maintaining its maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
Weather specialist Chris Perez said “Carina” remains inside the Philippine area of responsibility, with its outer circulation still slightly affecting the extreme Northern Luzon area as of Tuesday afternoon.
“The coastal areas in extreme Northern Luzon may experience intermittent gusts,” PAGASA said.
“Moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela in the next 24 hours. Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out to sea,” it added.
Perez said “Carina” may weaken into a low pressure area within the next 24 hours, while slowly moving northwest.
Should it maintain its current speed and direction, the tropical depression’s location will be at 385 kilometers north of Basco, Batanes on Wednesday afternoon.
“Areas that were directly affected by Carina will have a gradual improvement in weather condition by Wednesday,” Perez said.
Hot and humid mornings with possibility of afternoon and evening rain showers from localized thunderstorms will again prevail across most of the country in the next few days, he pointed out.
PAGASA reminded the public that short-lived heavy rainfall may sometimes cause floods or landslides, especially in high-risk areas.