'Basyang' downgraded to tropical storm

Posted at 07/14/10 12:13 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Tropical storm Basyang (international codename: Conson) made landfall in northern Quezon Tuesday evening.

The storm made landfall at around 9 p.m., moving in a west-northwest direction towards the vicinity of Iba, Zambales, weather bureau PAGASA said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

The typhoon has been downgraded by the weather bureau to tropical storm, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 2 has been raised over Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Rizal, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Cavite, Lubang Island, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Pampanga, Zambales, Tarlac, Pangasinan, Bulacan and Metro Manila.

Meanwhile, public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Nueva Vizcaya, Isabela, Ifugao, Benguet and La Union.

No area is under signal number 3.

The tropical storm is moving at a speed of 22 kph, and is expected to cross central Luzon overnight.

Residents living in low lying and near mountain slopes under signals #2 and #1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides.

Those living along the coast in areas under signal # 2 are advised to be on alert against big waves generated by the storm.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 a.m. on Wednesday.

Flordeliza Magday, Regional Director of the Department of Education (DepEd) NCR announced that classes in preschool, elementary and high school in Metro Manila will be suspended Wednesday due to tropical storm Basyang.