Siony Picks Up Speed, Strengthens to Severe Tropical Storm

Landfall over the extreme northern Philippines is likely.
Satellite image of Severe Tropical Storm Siony as of 4 p.m.
Photo/s: PAGASA Satellite Image

Areas in the extreme northern Philippines should brace for severe tropical storm Siony, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday as it intensifies further.

Siony developed into a severe tropical storm on Wednesday afternoon and could become a typhoon before landfall over the Batanes and Babuyan Islands between Thursday night and Friday morning, PAGASA said.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may occur in Bicol Region, Aurora, Quezon, and the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela. Locals in these areas should be wary of flooding and landslides following consecutive heavy rainfall due to earlier storms Pepito, Quinta, and Rolly, PAGASA said.

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As of Wednesday, Siony is moving slowly over waters east of northern Luzon. It packs maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gusts of up to 115 kph. PAGASA said Siony could reach its peak intensity of 125 kph prior to landfall.

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Public storm warning signal no. 1 is in effect in the northeastern portion of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga) and the eastern portion of Babuyan Islands (Balintang Island, Babuyan Island Didicas Island, and Camiguin Island including their adjoining islets). Light damage is expected to crops and structures.

Storm warning signals may be raised up to the third level, PAGASA said.

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