Typhoon “Bising” (international name “Surigae”) is expected to bring stormy weather conditions in Catanduanes, eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, and northern part of Aurora in the next 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday afternoon, April 20.
In the PAGASA’s severe weather bulletin issued at 5 p.m., typhoon Bising maintained its strength packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.
Moving north-northwest slowly, the center of the eye of Bising was located at 475 kilometers (km) east of Baler, Aurora around 4 p.m.
PAGASA lifts tropical cyclone wind signals in Eastern Visayas
Storm signals in Eastern Visayas have been lifted but several areas in Luzon remain under Signal No. 2 and Signal No. 1 on Tuesday afternoon.
The eastern portion of Cagayan, eastern portion of Isabela, northern portion of Isabela, and Catanduanes were still under Signal No. 2.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 remain hoisted over Batanes, rest of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, rest of Isabela, Quirino, Apayao, Kalinga, eastern portion of Mountain Province, eastern portion of Ifugao, northeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, central portion of Aurora, eastern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur.
In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said rains with gusty winds may affect Batanes, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Kalinga, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, eastern portion of Mountain Province, eastern portion of Ifugao, central portion of Aurora, and eastern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.
Cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms may also affect Abra, Ifugao, Benguet, rest of Mountain Province, Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Samar, rest of Aurora, and rest of Quezon province.
PAGASA warned of possible flooding or flash floods and rain-induced landslides in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.
Bising may also trigger very rough to high seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon with wave heights up to 4.5-10.0 meters (m) and rough to high seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (3.0-7.0 m).
Rough to very rough seas may also prevail over the western seaboards of Northern Luzon (2.8 to 4.5 m) and rough seas over the eastern seaboards of Caraga and Davao Oriental and the remaining seaboards of areas with wind signals.
“Sea travel is risky for all types of seacrafts over these waters,” PAGASA said.
Bising’s projected track and intensity
Typhoon Bising is expected to continue to move generally north or north-northwest until Thursday morning, April 22, PAGASA said.
Afterward, the typhoon will begin to move northeast away from the Luzon landmass until Friday, April 23, and east-northeastward throughout the forecast period.
Bising is projected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Sunday, April 25.
PAGASA said Bising will gradually weaken throughout the forecast period and may be downgraded to severe tropical storm between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
Bising will likely be at 315 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan by Wednesday afternoon; 290 km east of Calayan, Cagayan by Thursday afternoon; 515 km east of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday afternoon; 935 km east of extreme northern Luzon by Saturday afternoon; and 1,425 km east of extreme northern Luzon or outside the PAR by Sunday afternoon.