'Santi' weakens; storm signals still up in 21 areas
|MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 7:32 a.m., 12 October 2013. Image from PAGASA|
MANILA -- Typhoon "Santi" has weakened after it made landfall in Dingalan, Aurora province late Friday night and crossed central Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In its weather bulletin Saturday morning, PAGASA said Santi is now packing maximum sustained winds of up to 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.
It was last spotted 60 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales as of 7 a.m.
Only two areas -- Zambales and Pangasinan -- now remain under public storm warning signal number 3. They will experience 101 to 185 kph winds in at least 18 hours.
Signal number 2 (61 to 100 kph winds in at least 24 hours) is up over the following areas:
- La Union
Meanwhile, the following areas are under signal number 1 (30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours):
- Ilocos Sur
- Mt. Province
- Nueva Viscaya
- Nueva Ecija
- Metro Manila
- Lubang Island
Public storm warning signals elsewhere have been lowered.
Santi is expected to bring an estimated rainfall amount from 7.5 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-kilometer diameter.
"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas along the track are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges of up to 4 meters," PAGASA said.
Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas, it added.
Santi is moving towards the West Philippine Sea at 22 kph.
The typhoon is expected to be outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) or at 470 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales on Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, some schools in the affected areas have already suspended classes on Saturday as a precautionary measure.