The Typhoon Kiko will hit the extremely high alert area of N. Luzon on Friday night, perhaps raising a higher signal warning.

Typhoon Kiko

Manila, Philippines

As Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) approaches the northern part of Luzon, meteorologists from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) state that it is likely to enter the province on Friday night.

Typhoon Kiko is remained positioned over sea 190 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan, per Friday’s Pagasa reports.

With maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h (kph), and gustiness of up to 265 km/h, Kiko re-intensified. The current speed is 15 kph to the northwest.

Because of this, senior weather specialist Chris Perez stated that places such as northern and eastern parts of the Philippines may be placed under a tropical cyclone wind signal—or perhaps a higher wind signal—as Typhoon Vicente approaches.

A Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 4 (for the Babuyan Group of Islands) is in effect just in the northeastern part of the group.

Kiko might perhaps bring certain places that have warning signals or even could be dangerous even if it’s not located as close to a tropical storm as it could be.

We have noted in previous blog posts that as Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) gets closer to the landmass, we may consider putting other locations within the tropical cyclone wind signal warning, apart from the possibility of enhancing the signal strength.

To offset this, in addition to Signal No. 3, the following regions are under Signal No. 3:

the northwestern most province in the country

The second signal is:

the north, the middle, and the east of the mainland Cagayan
the northernmost tip of Isabela Province
Northern Apayao region

The No. 1 warning signal

all other parts of the mainland Cagayan
otherwise referred to as the entire province of Apayao
northeastern section of Abra
In northeastern and southern Isabela, Northwestern and Eastern Isabela
a small section of Aurora, Northern

There is still a risk that the typhoon will veer southward and could affect either northern Cagayan or Batanes.

Since Pagasa highlights coastal areas near Kiko, such communities should be on high alert for coastal flooding, as well as landslides and mudslides.

The avalanche would have continued moving north, crossing the coastline on the east side of Taiwan, by Sunday afternoon. This would leave the Philippine territory Monday morning between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

Heavy to strong rains in the northeast region of Cagayan province, specifically in the Babuyan Islands, may occur in the next several hours. Meanwhile, places in northern Isabela and the rest of Cagayan might see heavy to strong rainfall.

Rains across Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, northern and central Aurora, and the rest of Cagayan Valley would be in the moderate to heavy range. To ensure the safety of coastal populations, Pagasa sent an announcement to the people living in coastal areas about the danger of storm surges from large waves and powerful winds brought about by the typhoon.

Waves can reach a maximum height of 10 meters (32 feet) when tropical cyclones are in the vicinity.

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