Severe tropical storm “Maring” (international name “Kompasu”) has made landfall over Fuga Island, Cagayan at 8:10 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 11, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
As of 10 p.m., the center of Maring was already over the coastal waters of Aparri, Cagayan. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 145 kph while moving westward at 15 kph.
PAGASA said Maring may still pass close or over the Babuyan Islands in the next few hours.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, northern portion of Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur.
Signal No. 1 is also still in effect in the rest of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, northern portion of Bataan, and northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands.
Heavy rains, gusty conditions to persist within 24 hours
“Tonight (Oct. 11) through tomorrow evening (Oct. 12), heavy to heavy to intense with at times torrential rains are highly likely over Batanes, the northern portion of mainland Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Ilocos Region,” PAGASA warned.
It added that moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may prevail over the rest of Cagayan, while light to moderate with at times heavy rains may affect the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon.
Tropical storm Maring could also enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” and bring rains over Western Visayas, Palawan, and Occidental Mindoro in the next 24 hours.
PAGASA advised affected residents to remain vigilant against possible isolated scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides especially those in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.
Moreover, gale-to-storm-force strength winds may prevail in areas where Signal No. 2 is currently in effect, while strong winds with higher gusts may persist in areas under Signal No. 1.
However, due to the expansive wind field of the tropical storm and the gradual enhancement of the southwesterlies and northeasterlies, PAGASA said that occasional gusts may also affect the coastal and upland or mountainous areas of Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin, Zamboanga del Norte, and the rest of Luzon even in the absence of wind signals.
In the next 24 hours, rough to high seas, up to 2.8 to 7.5 meters high, will be experienced over the seaboards of areas Signal Nos. 2 and 1.
“These conditions are risky for all types of sea vessels. Mariners are advised to remain in port or take shelter in port until winds and waves subside,” PAGASA said.
“After passing close or over the islands in the Babuyan archipelago, severe tropical storm Maring will continue to move westward over Luzon Strait and the West Philippine Sea throughout the forecast period,” it pointed out.
Should it maintain its current speed and track, Maring will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday morning.