'Ambo' intensifies into a typhoon

Posted at 06/03/12 6:00 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – “Ambo,” the first weather disturbance that entered the country in 2012, has intensified into a typhoon as it continues to move in a north northeastward direction away from the country, weather bureau PAGASA said.

At 4 p.m. on Sunday, the eye of typhoon Ambo was last spotted at 390 kilometers east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and with gustiness of up to 150 kilometers per hour.

Typhoon Ambo is moving at 13 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA already lowered all public storm warning signals.

Typhoon Ambo is also expected to enhance the southwest monsoon bringing rains over the whole country, especially the western section.

PAGASA warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas to remain vigilant for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Ambo is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, PAGASA spotted a new low pressure area at 1,190 kilometers east of southern Mindanao.