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Aghon intensifies into severe tropical storm; Quezon under TCWS No. 3

MANILA: Aghon, the country’s first tropical cyclone this year, has intensified into a several tropical storm, the state weather bureau said Sunday.

In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Aghon was spotted over the coastal waters of Mauban, Quezon with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph (kilometer per hour) and gustiness of up to 130 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 was hoisted over eastern section of Quezon ((Infanta, Real, Mauban), including Polillo Islands (Panukulan, Burdeos, Patnanungan, and Polillo).

Areas under TCWS No. 2 are Aurora; the northern and central portions of Quezon (Alabat, Perez, Quezon, Gumaca, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Unisan, Pitogo, Plaridel, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, General Nakar, Sampaloc, Pagbilao, Calauag, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Tiaong, Candelaria, Sariaya, Dolores, San Antonio, Jomalig); Laguna; the eastern portion of Batangas (City of Tanauan, San Jose, Lip
a City, Mataasnakahoy, Balete, Malvar, Santo Tomas, Cuenca, San Pascual, Batangas City, Ibaan, Padre Garcia, Rosario, San Juan, Taysan, Lobo); the eastern and central portions of Rizal (Jala-Jala, Pililla, Tanay, Cardona, Binangonan, Morong, Baras, Rodriguez, City of Antipolo, Teresa); and the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Santa Elena, Capalonga).

The eastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, San Mariano, San Guillermo, Jones, Echague, San Agustin, Ilagan City, Benito Soliven, City of Cauayan, Maconacon, Angadanan, Naguilian, Palanan, Dinapigue); the eastern portion of Quirino (Maddela, Nagtipunan, Aglipay); the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte); the eastern and southern portions of Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, Gabaldon, Bongabon, Pantabangan, Rizal, General Mamerto Natividad, Laur, Palayan City, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, City of Gapan, Cabanatuan City, Santa Rosa, San Isidro, Cabiao, San Antonio, Jaen, Zaragoza, Aliaga, Talavera, Llanera); the southern p
ortion of Bataan (Orani, Samal, City of Balanga, Abucay, Pilar, Orion, Limay, Mariveles, Bagac); the eastern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, San Luis, San Simon, Apalit, Santa Ana, Arayat, Mexico, Santa Rita, Guagua, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Santo Tomas, Minalin, City of San Fernando, Bacolor, Lubao); Bulacan; Metro Manila; the rest of Quezon, Rizal and Batangas; the northern and central portions of Oriental Mindoro (Pinamalayan, Pola, Naujan, Victoria, Socorro, City of Calapan, Bansud, Gloria, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera, Bongabong); Marinduque; the extreme northern portion of Romblon (Concepcion, Corcuera, Banton); the rest of Camarines Norte; and Camarines Sur are under TCWS No. 1.

A gale warning remains hoisted over the coastal waters of Aurora, Quezon, and Marinduque, and the southern coastal waters of Batangas, and the northern coastal waters of Camarines Norte.

PAGASA said Aghon will continue to move northeastward towards Polillo Islands.

‘The possibility of intensifying into a typhoon while
over the sea east of Quezon is not ruled out,’ it added.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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