Typhoon ‘Kiko’ threatens Northern Luzon

Published September 9, 2021, 12:18 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Heavy to intense with at times torrential rains may affect some areas in Northern Luzon starting Friday, Sept. 10, as typhoon “Kiko” (international name “Chanthu”) approaches the northern section of the country.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the center of Kiko at 670 kilometers (km) East of Baler, Aurora as of 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9.

It further intensified reaching a maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph, while moving westward at 20 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 has been raised over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, the northeastern portion of Apayao (Luna, Pudtol, Flora, Santa Marcela), and the northeastern portion of Isabela (Santa Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan).

The state weather bureau said heavy to intense with at times torrential rains due to the typhoon may be experienced over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and northern Isabela beginning Friday night.

“Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may also be experienced over Batanes and the rest of Isabela,” PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.

Under such conditions, scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur in areas susceptible to the said hazards.

Winds reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength with occasional gusts will be experienced within 36 hours in areas under signal number 1.

Due to the typhoon’s strength, coastal inundation associated with high waves near the coast and storm surge of up to 2 meters may affect several coastal municipalities in Northern Luzon.

PAGASA said Kiko is forecast to move west northwestward in the next 12 hours before turning generally northwestward until Saturday, Sept. 11.

On the forecast track, the typhoon is estimated to pass very close to northeastern Cagayan and cross the vicinity of Babuyan Islands between Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. It will then pass to the south and west of Batanes between Saturday morning and afternoon.

“Given the recent southward shift in the track forecasts of Kiko from the previous bulletins, the possibility of landfall over mainland Cagayan is not yet ruled out,” PAGASA said.

After traversing the Babuyan Islands and Luzon Strait, Kiko is forecast to turn north northwestward on Saturday evening and may make landfall over Taiwan.

PAGASA said Kiko is forecast to continue intensifying and may reach a peak intensity between 185 and 205 kph on Thursday night or Friday before passing close to mainland northern Luzon and over the Babuyan Islands.

It may then weaken starting Friday evening or Saturday while the typhoon is traversing the Babuyan Islands and Luzon Strait.