Tropical Storm Egay maintains strength of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of 80 kph while moving northwest at 13 kph over the East Philippine Sea.
In PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, Isabela and Cagayan are now under public storm warning signal #1 wherein 30-60 kph winds are expected in at least 36 hours.
If it maintains current speed and direction, Egay will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday next week.
State Meteorologist Meno Mendoza stated that Egay may intensify further but has a low chance of reaching typhoon category. The weather bureau also does not rule out the possibility of Egay making landfall over extreme Northern Luzon, he added.
With the storm’s enhancement of the southwest monsoon, strong to gale force winds is expected over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas, as well as the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. Rough to very rough conditions will be experienced over these coastal waters. Venturing out into the sea is not advised especially for fishing boats and other small seacraft.
For today’s weather, rains with gusty winds will prevail over Isabela, while Bicol Region and Samar may experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, cloudy skies with rains are expected over Metro Manila, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Zamboanga Peninsula, the rest of Visayas, as well as in the provinces of Cagayan, Aurora, Zambales and Bataan. The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms.
In other news, typhoon Chan Hom traverses the Western Pacific Ocean as it continues to move in a northwest direction and is an incoming threat to Southern Japan next week.