Typhoon Utor (Bagyong Labuyo) looks like it has stopped rapidly intensifying. However, it remains a strong Category 2 Typhoon. It was last located approximately 230km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or about 560km east southeast of Manila. Maximum sustained winds, according to JMA, remain at 155kph with gusts of up to 215kph. Typhoon Utor has also begun to move west northwesterly with a speed of about 20kph.
As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has now raised Public Storm Warning Signal #3 for Catanduanes. Signal #2 is in effect for Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Polillo Is., Camarines Norte, and Camarines Sur. Signal #1 for Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur , Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias, Ticao Islands, and Metro Manila.
Radar Image from Virac (PAGASA)
Latest radar image out of Virac, Catanduanes is finally showing Utor’s center of circulation. Bands of light to moderate rains are now beginning to impact the Bicol Region and parts of Samar Island in Visayas. As mentioned above, we expect 200 to maybe even 300mm of rain falling along the eastern portions of Luzon today and into tomorrow. For the latest radar images and forecasts, please click HERE (PAGASA Website).
Typhoon Utor will continue moving west northwestward and could intensify further into a Category 3 later today. It will pass near Catanduanes later this afternoon, bringing typhoon-force winds in the area. Heavy rains will then spread into Bicol and parts of Southern Luzon including Metro Manila.
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