Signal No. 2 up in Cagayan as ‘Goring’ intensifies into typhoon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 25) – Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Sta. Ana, Cagayan as 'Goring' (international name: Saola) intensified into a typhoon, the state weather bureau said late Friday evening.

Signal No. 1 is still up over the areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the eastern portion of mainland Cagayan, eastern portion of Isabela, and northern portion of Aurora, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

'Goring' is also forecast to rapidly intensify and may become a super typhoon by Monday due to favorable conditions, the weather bureau added.

But weather specialist Benison Estareja assured the disturbance will not reach the landmass.

"Pag ito ay naging super typhoon, mas malayo ito sa kalupaan," he said. "Mas mababa ‘yong chance na magtaas ng Signal No. 4 and 5 sa Cagayan valley.”

[Translation: If it becomes a super typhoon, it will be farther away from landmass. There's less chance of raising Signal No. 4 and 5 in Cagayan Valley.]

Typhoon Goring is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday.

PAGASA added that the southwest monsoon enhanced by Goring will also bring occasional rains over Aurora, Bataan, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol Region on Saturday.

Aurora, Bataan, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas, Zamboanga, Dinagat Islands, and Camiguin wil also experience gusty conditions on Sunday and Monday.

A gale warning is also in effect for the coastal waters of Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, and Aurora due to strong winds brought by Goring.

PAGASA said this may cause risky sea travel and disruption in civilian maritime activities.

Goring's center was last spotted 205 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, and is moving southwest with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said it is monitoring a new low pressure area (LPA) still outside the PAR. It was last spotted 1,870 km east of the Visayas as of Thursday night.

It added that the LPA has no direct effect yet on the country.

as last spotted 1,935 kilometers east of Eastern Visayas and has no direct effect yet on the country.