PAG-ASA 24-Hour Weather Forecast: Typhoon PEPENG (PARMA) at 195 kph Max Winds

PAG-ASA Forecasting Center have announced today that the forthcoming super-typhoon “Pepeng” (Parma) is located based on satellite raging through fast in the Philippine territory at 270 km East of Virac, Catanduanes with maximum sustained winds of 195 kph.

The country is still trying to move-on with the saddening aftermath of typhoon Ondoy (international name, Ketsana) that Pepeng posts more fear than ever within the eyes of not just for Ondoy victims but even for those who are yet to engage the tragic experience.

As of now, PAG-ASA posts a 24-Hour Public Weather Forecast valid from 5:00 a.m. today until 5:00 a.m. tomorrow (meaning the rains can pour anytime within 24 hours from this morning until tomorrow morning or afternoon) raising signal no. 1 and 2 with the following provinces or location:

Signal No. 1 (30 – 60 kph):
Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Ifugao, Pangasinan, Zambales, Pampanga, Nueva Viscaya, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Bulacan, Rizal, Tarlac, La Union, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands), Isabela, Mt. Province, Benguet, Southern Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island and Northern Samar.

Signal No. 2 (60 – 100 kph):
Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Northern Quezon, Aurora and Polilio Island.

It’ll be helpful for our countrymen to be prepared, to keep watch and be obedient to what the local government would advise us to do so. It would be better for those who have low locations to immediately get their families to higher places or evacuation centers in their localities to avoid more casualties and make way for better distribution of relief goods and emergency assistance.

UPDATE1: Tropical Cyclone Warning: TYPHOON “PEPENG” (PARMA)
PAG-ASA issued another update this 11:00 a.m. as Pepeng continues to move West Northwest and increases its threat to Isabela-Aurora area.

Here’s a closer look at the satellite imagery they’ve released as of 11 this morning:

PEPENG’s Location of Center (as of 10:00 a.m.) is at 180 kms East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (14.9°N, 125.8°E) with Maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near center and gustiness of up to 230 kph, moving towards West Northwest at 19 kph.

It’s expected to navigate and pass through at 60 kms East of Casiguran, Aurora by tomorrow (Saturday) morning; make landfall in Aurora-Isabela area by tomorrow afternoon; 80 kms West of Laoag City by Sunday morning; and 400 kms West Southwest of Basco, Batanes by Monday morning.

Note: The public and the Disaster Coordinating Councils (DCC) concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 P.M. today.

UPDATE2: Issued at 5:00 p.m., Friday, 02 October 2009
Typhoon “PEPENG” has slowed down as it continues to move towards Aurora-Isabela area.

Here’s a closer look of the DOST-PAGASA MTSAT-EIR satellite image at 5 p.m.: (the growing red portion as compared to previous satellite images above indicates heavier rainfalls)

PEPENG’s Location of Center (as of 5:00 p.m.) is at 150 kms North Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (15.1°N, 125.3°E) with Maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near center and gustiness of up to 230 kph, moving towards West Northwest at 13 kph.

It’s expected to make landfall in Northern Aurora then cross Northern Luzon by tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon; 50 kms South Southwest of Laoag City by Sunday afternoon; and 230 km West Northwest of Laoag City by Monday afternoon.

Storm Warning Signal No. 1:
Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Albay, Burias Islands, Sorsogon and Metro Manila.

Storm Warning Signal No. 2:
Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quirino, Northern Quezon, Polilio Islands, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur.

Storm Warning Signal No. 3 (100-185 kph winds):
Catanduanes

Note: Watch out for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 P.M. today.
PAG-ASA’s new 24-hour hotline: 433-ULAN (433-8526)

[For UPDATE3 (11 p.m., October 2, 2009) please click here:]
[For UPDATE4 (5 a.m., October 3, 2009) please click here:]