MANILA, Philippines — Storm signal has been hoisted over parts of Cagayan and Babuyan Islands due to Tropical Storm Siony (international name: Atsani), the state weather bureau said Wednesday morning.
PAGASA placed the following areas in extreme Northern Luzon under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 in anticipation of strong breeze to near gale force associated with Siony:
- Northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga)
- Eastern portion of Babuyan Islands (Balintang Islands, Babuyan Island, Didicas Island and Camiguin Island including their adjoining islets)
TCWS No. 2 can be hoisted over these areas. Weather forecasters are also not ruling out the possibility of raising TCWS No. 3 in areas near or along the projected track of the storm.
Siony—the 19th tropical cyclone this year—was last spotted 700 km east of Basco, Batanes packing peak winds of 85 kph and gusts of up to 105 kph.
PAGASA said the tropical storm is expected to move slowly or remain almost stationary in the next 12 hours. Then, it will head westward or west-northwestward toward Luzon Strait and extreme Northern Luzon, bringing the center of Siony over or very close to Batanes and Babuyan Islands between Thursday evening and Friday morning. (Click here to read more)