Batanes, Calayan islands under Signal No. 2

Posted at 06/02/12 1:41 PM


MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Tropical storm “Ambo” (international codename: Mawar) has gained strength as it continues to move along the eastern coast of Northern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.

In a press briefing Saturday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ambo is now packing winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 120 kph.

PAGASA, however, stressed that Ambo is not expected to make landfall but may continue to gain strength as it continues its path over water.

Public storm signal warning number 2 has been raised over these areas:

Batanes group of islands
Calayan Islands

The following areas, meanwhile, are under public storm signal warning number 1:

Northern Aurora
Babuyan Island

PAGASA also said the weather disturbance will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon, which will bring rains in Central and Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila and Visayas.

Ambo is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility late Monday or early Tuesday.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon due to the combined effect of the storm and the Southwest Monsoon.

In Catanduanes, more than 30 fishermen have been reported missing due to rough seas.

More than 500 passengers are also stranded in Albay ports as the Coast Guard barred ships from setting sail.