Tropical depression Obet slightly intensified on Friday afternoon, Oct. 21, as it continued to track toward extreme northern Luzon, according to the latest bulletin of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In its 2 p.m. bulletin issued on Friday, PAGASA said Obet’s maximum sustained winds increased to 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, from 45 kph three hours ago, while its gustiness increased to 70 kph, from 55 kph, previously.
The center of Obet was last seen 140 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes at 1 p.m.
“Tropical depression Obet is forecast to track generally westward until tomorrow (Oct. 22) and its center is likely to pass over or very close to Batanes between this afternoon and evening (Oct. 21),” PAGASA said.
Due to the expected strong winds from Obet, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana and Gonzaga).
“Throughout the passage of Obet, strong winds (strong breeze to near gale strength) may be experienced within any of the areas where Wind Signal No. 1 is hoisted,” PAGASA said.
It is also not ruling out the possibility of raising Wind Signal No. 2 should Obet reach the tropical storm category prior to or during its passage over the Luzon Strait.
The possibility of raising Wind Signal No. 2 is also not ruled out in case Obet reaches the tropical storm category before or during its passage through the Luzon Strait.
Moreover, moderate to intense rains are likely over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northern portions of Ilocos Norte, Apayao, and mainland Cagayan until early Saturday, Oct. 22.
Light to heavy rains are also possible over the rest of Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.
“Under these conditions, flooding and rain-induced landslides are likely, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps and in localities with significant antecedent rainfall,” PAGASA said.
It said the weather disturbance may likely exit the country’s area of responsibility by Saturday morning or afternoon.