Typhoon Kalmaegi (Bagyong Luis) is now beginning to interact with the island of Luzon and is forecast to make landfall in the province of Isabela later this evening. Watch WxCaster PAT’s Video Update below for more in-depth analysis and forecast regarding this typhoon.
Kalmaegi was last located approximately 140km east of Ilagan Isabela or about 180km east southeast of Tuguegarao, Cagayan. According to the latest warning from Japan Meteorological Agency, the typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of around 120kph and gusts of up to 175kph. Typhoon Kalmaegi is currently moving west northwestward at a speed of 20kph.
IR Image from NRLMRY
As of 11am this morning, here are the latest Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA:
Signal #3 for Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Isabela, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ifugao, Northern Aurora, and Quirino.
Signal #2 for Batanes Group of Islands, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, and the rest of Aurora.
Signal #1 for Tarlac, Zambales, Pampanga, Bulacan, Northern Quezon, and Polilio Island.
Typhoon Kalmaegi is forecast to make landfall near Palanan Bay in the province of Isabela later this evening (around 6 to 8pm local time). It will then cross into the provinces of Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, and then Ilocos Norte before exiting into the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Heavy rains of up to 300mm are possible, especially in mountainous areas. Landslides and flooding are highly possible. Please heed the warnings of your local officials and as always, stay safe!