Tropical Storm Ramon stays almost stationary

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) continued to be almost stationary over the Philippine Sea east of Northern Luzon on Saturday morning, November 16.

In a briefing past 11 am on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ramon is 420 kilometers north northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, hardly moving since Friday, November 15.

It maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (km/h) and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

The following areas remain under a tropical cyclone wind signal:

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)

Ramon is still bringing rain to some areas this weekend.

Saturday, November 16

Sunday, November 17

Residents of those areas must stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

PAGASA added that gusty conditions may be experienced on Saturday in Northern Luzon, Aurora, and Bicol, especially in coastal and mountainous areas, due to the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.

Travel remains risky, especially for small vessels, in the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1, the seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.

Based on Ramon's latest forecast track, it could make landfall in Cagayan on Monday, November 18.

Its exit from the Philippine Area of Responsibility might be on Wednesday, November 20.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) as of November 16, 2019, 11 am. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Ramon (Kalmaegi) as of November 16, 2019, 11 am.

Image from PAGASA

Ramon is the Philippines' 18th tropical cyclone for 2019, and the 2nd for November. (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:

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com