'Igme' gets stronger, remains stationary

Posted at 08/20/2012 9:33 AM | Updated as of 08/20/2012 2:15 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Igme" has intensified further as it remains stationary, the weather bureau said on Monday.

As of 4 a.m., PAGASA said Igme was located 300 kilometers east southeast of Aparri, Cagayan.

From a previous wind strength of 75 kilometers per hour, Igme is now packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 100 kph.

Storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over Isabela and Cagayan.

PAGASA forecaster Bernie de Leon said the storm is expected to stay within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) for 2 to 4 more days if it maintains it slow northward movement.

De Leon said Igme continues to intensify the southwest monsoon (habagat), bringing rains over the western section of Luzon and Visayas.

He said the western section of northern Luzon which includes Benguet, Baguio, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte are at risk for possible landslide and flashfloods.

PAGASA said estimated rainfall amount from Igme ranges from 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within its 500-km diameter.