Twin Typhoons Lando, Champi threaten Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - Two typhoons were formed over the Pacific Ocean in the past days with 'Lando' (international name: Koppu) could put Northern Luzon in danger due to life-threatening flooding from days of torrential rainfall and damaging winds.

 Lando to make landfall expected on Saturday; Champi approaches PAR
TWIN TYPHOONS. Lando to make landfall expected on Saturday; Champi approaches PAR

A report from the state weather bureau PAGASA says that Typhoon Lando may gain more strength in the Pacific. Another typhoon which is still outside of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), with international name "Champi," is slowing Lando.

"'Yung tinatawag nating Fujiwara effect, kumbaga nagkakaroon ng interaction 'yung dalawa... Bumabagal ang pagkilos nito (Lando)," he said.

Champi is the 25th named storm of 2015 in the northwest Pacific Ocean and became the 16th to reach typhoon strength.

PAGASA says Champi is not expected to enter PAR.

Typhoon Lando could bring 'life-threatening floods'

An Accuweather report said that the greatest threat the Northern Philippines will be life-threatening flooding from days of torrential rainfall due to Typhoon Lando.

"A total of 300 to 600 mm (12 to 24 inches) of rain is expected to be widespread. There will even be localized amounts upwards or in excess of 900 mm (36 inches). Such rain is sure to trigger severe and life-threatening flooding and mudslides," Meteorologist Adam Douty said.

"Residents in Baguio, Bangui, Aparri, Tuguegarao and Pagudpud are among those across northern Luzon who are being urged to prepare for the impending severe flood danger," the report added.

Typhoon Lando PAGASA Latest Forecast

In its 5:00am update today, October 17, 2015, weather central said that 'Bagyong Lando' has maintained its intensity and continues to increase its threat to Isabela-Aurora area.

Typhoon Lando is expected to make landfall over Aurora-Isabela area between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

At 4:00 AM today, the center of Typhoon Lando was located based on all available data including Baler Doppler Radar at 335 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.7°N, 124.7°E).

The maximum sustained winds of 150 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. It is forecast to move West at 12 kph.

Forecast Positions:
  • 24 hour (Tomorrow morning): In the vicinity of Casiguran, Aurora
  • 48 hour (Monday morning): In the vicinity of Banaue, Ifugao
  • 72 hour (Tuesday morning): In the vicinity of Solsona Ilocos, Norte
  • 96 hour (Wednesday morning): 80 km Northwest of Calayan, Cagayan
  • 120 hour (Thursday morning): 80 km Northwest of Itbayat, Batanes
track typhoon Lando

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 (121-170 kph Expected in 18hrs.) is up over the areas of Aurora, Quirino, Isabela and Polillo Island.

Meanwhile, PAGASA raised Public Storm Warning Signal 2 (61-120kph Expected in 24 hrs.) in Northern Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, and Cagayan including Babuyan and Calayan group of Islands

Public Storm Warning Signal 1 (30-60kph Expected in 36 hrs.) is up in Batanes, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Rizal, Batangas, Laguna, Southern Quezon, Cavite, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes and Metro Manila.

Estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon.

Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

Occasional rains and gusty winds will be experienced over provinces under PSWS #1 while those under PSWS #2 and #3 will have stormy weather.

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