Typhoon Lando intensifies; Signal No. 4 raised over Aurora
Typhoon Lando has intensified as it threatens the provinces of Aurora, Isabela and Northern Quezon, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised public storm signal no. 4 over Aurora province.
Public storm signal no. 3 was raised over the provinces of Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao and Northern Quezon including Polillo Island.
Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, Benguet, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte and Metro Manila were placed under signal no. 2.
Pagasa said Lando was last spotted at 230 kilometers East of Baler, Aurora. It packed maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.
The weather bureau said Lando was slowly at 10 kph westward, adding that heavy to intense rains would be experienced within the 650 km diameter of the typhoon.
Lando is expected to make landfall over Aurora area by Sunday morning.
Pagasa warned that storm surges may reach a maximum of three meters in Aurora and nearby provinces. Wave height in open sea may reach up to 14 meters or higher. CDG
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