MANILA, Philippines – The state weather bureau warned that Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) is "now threatening" the northern part of Cagayan.
In a bulletin issued 2 pm on Monday, November 18, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ramon is already 140 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.
The tropical storm slightly accelerated, now moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 10 km/h.
It still has maximum winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.
More areas have been placed under tropical cyclone wind signals.
Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 km/h to 120 km/h)
Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)
Ramon will also continue to trigger rain in parts of Luzon.
Monday afternoon, November 18
Monday evening, November 18
Tuesday, November 19
PAGASA reiterated that the rain could cause flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Classes were suspended in some areas for Monday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, November 18, 2019)
Image from PAGASA
Travel also remains risky, especially for small vessels, in the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2, the western seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.
Based on Ramon's latest forecast track, it might make landfall in the northern part of Cagayan between Monday evening and Tuesday morning, November 19.
PAGASA earlier said Ramon is likely to strengthen before making landfall, and then gradually weaken after hitting land.
It could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday evening, November 20.
Ramon is the Philippines' 18th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 2nd for November.
Meanwhile, the low pressure area outside PAR is now 1,365 kilometers east of Eastern Visayas. It is expected to enter within 24 hours.
If it becomes a tropical depression and enters PAR, it would be given the local name Sarah. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)
The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.
Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones for the last two months of 2019: