Tropical Storm Vicky moving away from Kalayaan Islands

Tropical Storm Vicky turns towards the Southwest and is now moving away from the Kalayaan Islands, Pagasa reported on its recent severe weather bulletin.

At 4:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “VICKY” was estimated based on all available data at 175 km South Southwest of Kalayaan, Palawan.

It is moving Southwestward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

The Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal in Kalayaan Islands is now downgraded to Signal #1. Due to the combined effects of the tropical and the surge of the Northeast Monsoon, strong breeze to near gale conditions will continue to prevail, with occasional gusts of gale-force winds.

Due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon enhanced by VICKY, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the northern portions of Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte will be experiencing strong to gale-force winds, while occasional gusty conditions are also likely over the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, Isabela, , , and Palawan including Calamian Islands.

Moderate to heavy rains would be experienced today over Kalayaan Islands, the eastern portion of mainland Cagayan Valley, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley, Babuyan Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Camarines Norte and the rest of Quezon.

Tropical Storm Vicky moving away from Kalayaan Islands

Tomorrow, Tropical Storm Vicky will bring moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan and Apayao and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Aurora, Quezon, and the rest of Cagayan Valley.

VICKY will continue to move away from the Kalayaan Islands and move west-southwestward or southwestward in the next 24 hours over the West Philippine Sea before turning more westward by Tuesday.

VICKY is forecast to remain as a tropical storm through the forecast period and is less likely to further intensify due to marginal conditions associated with the surge of the Northeast Monsoon

Flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards and in localities that received significant antecedent rainfall over the past couple of days or weeks.