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‘Falcon’ slightly intensifies; 2 dead

/ 11:55 AM July 18, 2019

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MANILA, Philippines — Two were reported killed in Cagayan from severe weather caused by Tropical Storm “Falcon” (international name Danas).

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Atanacio Macalan, head of Cagayan Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, said both died from drowning but in separate incidents.

One died in Abulug and the other was in Gattaran town.

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Nine road sections and three bridges in Cagayan and Cordillera regions were not passable as of Thursday morning, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.

As of midday Thursday, Falcon grew slightly stronger as it continued to move northward. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility in the evening.

Signal No. 1 remained in Batanes while storm signals in other areas have been lifted, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Falcon was last spotted 385 kilometers north northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.

It was moving at 20 kph.

Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, and northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands will continue to experience moderate to heavy rains.

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Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have light to heavy rains.

Pagasa is monitoring a low pressure area west of Luzon, which may intensify into a tropical depression within 48 hours.

Both the storm and LPA are enhancing the prevailing southwest monsoon. /je

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