Here comes ‘Neneng’

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said heavy rains will prevail over Northern Luzon beginning Saturday due to the passage of tropical depression “Neneng” as it entered the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday afternoon.

In its weather advisory, PAGASA said “Neneng” will bring cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms over the Cagayan, Apayao, Isabela and Ilocos Norte while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience isolated rains and thunderstorms with possible flash floods or landslides.

“Neneng,” which was last spotted 1,050 km east of Extreme Northern Luzon, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness up to 70 kph and it is moving westward at 30 kph.

PAGASA sees “Neneng” will reach the tropical storm category on Friday. It is the 14th tropical cyclone to hit the country.

Meanwhile, tropical depression “Maymay” has weakened into a low-pressure area on Thursday but it is expected to still bring moderate to heavy rains on Friday over the Cagayan, Isabela and Apayao.

While light to moderate with at times heavy rains over the rest of Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Administrative Region.

Despite the lifting of wind signals, PAGASA said “Maymay” will affect occasional gusts reaching strongly to gale-force strength associated with the enhanced northeasterly surface wind flow may still be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan, CAR and Ilocos Region.

Rough to very rough seas up to 2.8 meters to 5.5 m will prevail over the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon due to the surge of northeasterly surface wind flow by the LPA.

The remnant circulation of “Maymay” — which was last tracked over the coastal waters of Casiguran, Aurora — is forecast to track westward towards Aurora. This may dissipate within 12 hours from Thursday, due to the frictional effects.

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