- “Onyok” has intensified from a tropical storm to a severe tropical storm on Monday morning, weather bureau Pagasa announced.
- Signal No. 1 was raised over Batanes and Babuyan Group of Islands as Onyok continues to bring rains in these areas.
- Onyok may intensify into a typhoon but is not expected to hit land mass.
MANILA, Philippines—Tropical storm “Onyok” (international name: Mitag) has now intensified into a severe tropical storm, the state-run weather bureau said Sunday morning.
As of 10:00 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) located Onyok at 500 kilometers (km) east of Tuguegarao City as it moved northwestward over the Philippine Sea.
It had stronger winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 125 kph as it moved northwest at 15 kph.
While Onyok is unlikely to make landfall in the country, it is expected to intensify into a typhoon within 24 hours.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal 1 remains raised over Batanes and Babuyan Islands, which means that there is very light or no damage to low risk structures, but slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damge when it is in its flowering stage.
Sea travel is risky, especially for small seacrafts, over the seaboards of areas under Signal 1and the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.
Raising of Signal 2 is possible over Batanes Area, Pagasa said.
Scattered light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms are still being experienced over Cagayan Valley and Bicol Region.
Onyok is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday morning.
For the meantime, Pagasa advised the public to do the following amid the weather disturbance:
- Inspect your house if necessary repair/fixing is needed.
- Clean up drainage system.
- Harvest crops tha can be yielded.
- Monitor the latest Severe Weather Bulletin issued By PAGASA every six hours and hourly updates.
Photos from Pagasa