'Igme' intensifies into a tropical storm

Posted at 08/19/12 11:50 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Tropical depression "Igme" has intensified into a tropical storm.

In the 5 p.m. bulletin of state weather bureau PAGASA, “Igme” was spotted 315 kilometers east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour slowly moving in a northward direction.

Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Isabela and Cagayan.

PAGASA said "Igme" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon which could bring rains over the rest of Northern Luzon, particularly Benguet, Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union, the IIocos region and central and southern Luzon, especially the western section.

It is expecting “Igme” to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday.

Authorities warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas to be vigilant against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Authorities also advised small seacrafts not to sail out into the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon due to the combined effects of “Igme” and the surge of southwest monsoon.