Carina slightly intensifies as it exits landmass
MANILA, Philippines – Severe Tropical Storm Carina (Nida) exited landmass late Sunday evening, July 31, and is now over the Balintang Channel.
In its bulletin issued 11 pm on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Carina was 85 kilometers west northwest of Aparri, Cagayan, still moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It earlier made landfall in Cabutunan Point in Gonzaga, Cagayan at 1:20 pm.
As of 11 pm, Carina has slightly intensified and now has maximum winds of up to 100 km/h and gustiness of up to 130 km/h. Moderate to heavy rains are still expected within its 500-km diameter.
Signal number 2 remains up over the following provinces:
- Ilocos Norte
- Ilocos Sur
- Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands
Signal number 1, meanwhile, is raised over these provinces:
- La Union
- Mt. Province
- Nueva Vizcaya
Areas under storm warning signals should be on alert for possible floods and landslides.
PAGASA warned that there could also be rains in Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Central Luzon, and the rest of Northern Luzon.
Meanwhile, coastal waters in Luzon remain rough to very rough.
Carina is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday morning, August 1.