Typhoon Fabian maintained its strength but is still unlikely to bring heavy rainfall in the country, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday night, July 20.
It was last located 785 kilometers east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, and moving west southwestward with a maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h near the center, and gusts of up to 150 km/h, the state weather bureau said in its 11 p.m. weather bulletin.
“Fabian is unlikely to bring heavy rainfall in the country throughout the forecast period,” said PAGASA.
However, the monsoon being enhanced by Fabian may bring rains in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga,
Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and the northern portion of Palawan.
“There is an increasing likelihood that Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 may be hoisted over Batanes and Babuyan Islands. Residents and disaster managers in Batanes and Babuyan Islands
are advised to continuously monitor the tropical cyclone bulletins.” PAGASA said.
Rough to very rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of Batanes and Babuyan Islands, and the western seaboard of
Palawan, including Kalayaan and Calamian Islands; and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Islands.
“Moderate to rough seas will also prevail over the eastern and the rest of the northern and western seaboards of Luzon,” PAGASA said.
“Sea travel is risky for small seacrafts over these waters. Mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor,” it added.