'Nando' unlikely to make landfall
MANILA – Tropical storm "Nando" is unlikely to make landfall in the Philippines but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or "habagat," state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In an interview with dzMM, PAGASA forecaster Samuel Duran said current models show that Nando will only go near the extreme northern Luzon but will not hit land.
PAGASA said Nando was spotted 210 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 10 a.m.
The storm was still packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.
Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, while signal no. 2 remains hoisted over Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao and Isabela.
Winds of 61 to 100 kph and 45 to 60 are expected in areas under signal no. 2 and 1, respectively.
An estimated rain rainfall of 10 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) is expected within the storm's 400-km diameter.
Nando is forecast to bring moderate to heavy rains over the provinces of Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. It continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.
Nando was moving north northwest at 15 kph. Duran said with this speed and direction, Nando may leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning.
PAGASA also advised against sea travel over the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon.