Tropical Storm Isang maintains strength as it nears Batanes

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Isang (Hato) maintained its strength, speed, and direction on Monday afternoon, August 21, as it continued heading for extreme Northern Luzon.

In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Isang is already 170 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

The tropical storm still has maximum winds of 80 km/h and gustiness of up to 97 km/h.

Batanes remains under signal number 2, while the Babuyan Group of Islands is still under signal number 1.

Isang will be closest to Batanes late Monday evening or early Tuesday morning, August 22. The tropical storm might make landfall in the Batanes area.

The tropical storm is also enhancing the southwest monsoon, which is bringing light to heavy rain to Metro Manila, Ilocos, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and the Visayas.

According to PAGASA, these areas should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides.

Isang is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Isang as of August 21, 5 pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Isang as of August 21, 5 pm.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

– Rappler.com