'Bagyong Pepito' endangers Aurora Province; Signal No. 2 up in 15 areas

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm 'Pepito' (international name: Saudel) maintains its strength as it endangers Aurora Province, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 8:00 pm bulletin on Tuesday, October 20, 2020.

'Bagyong Pepito' is forecast to make landfall over the coast of Aurora between 8:00 and 11:00 pm today.

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It will then move generally westward while traversing the Luzon landmass, and emerge over the West Philippine Sea tomorrow morning. This tropical cyclone may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning or afternoon.

At 7:00 pm today, the center of Tropical Storm 'Pepito' was estimated based on all available data including Baler Doppler Radar at 70 km East of Baler, Aurora.

'Pepito' has maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.

Forecast Positions
  • 24 Hour (Tomorrow evening): 335 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan
  • 48 Hour (Thursday evening):555 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan (OUTSIDE PAR)
  • 72 Hour (Friday evening): 735 km West of Sinait, Ilocos Sur (OUTSIDE PAR)
  • 96 Hour (Saturday evening):1,080 km West of Northern Luzon (OUTSIDE PAR)


TCWS #2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Aurora
  • the southern portion of Isabela (Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Gamu, Burgos, San Manuel, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Cauayan City, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Alicia, San Mateo, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Santiago City, Cordon)
  • the southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Sugpon, Alilem, Tagudin)
  • the northern portion of Zambales (Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria, Santa Cruz, Botolan, Cabangan)
  • the northern portion of Bulacan (San Miguel, Doña Remedios Trinidad)
  • the northern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, Arayat, Magalang, Mabalacat)
  • the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar) including Polillo Islands

TCWS #1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours)
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga, Vinzons)
  • Catanduanes
  • the rest of northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real)
  • the rest of Ilocos Sur
  • the rest of Isabela
  • the rest of Pampanga
  • the rest of Bulacan
  • rest of Zambales

'Bagyong Pepito' endangers Aurora Province - PAGASA

Hazards affecting land areas

Rainfall: Tonight through tomorrow morning, 'Pepito' will bring moderate to heavy rains over Central Luzon, MIMAROPA, Camarines Norte, Quezon, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, mainland Cagayan, La Union, Pangasinan, and Benguet.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Bangsamoro. Flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.

Winds: High to gale-force winds will be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 and 2.

High to gale-force winds with occasional gusts due to the northeasterly surface wind flow will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the coastal and/or mountainous areas of mainland Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte.

Hazards affecting coastal waters

Gale Warning is in effect over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, and Ilocos Norte and the western seaboards of Batangas and Occidental Mindoro (including Lubang Island) due to rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 5.0 m).

Moreover, the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 and 2 will also experience rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 5.0 m). Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for those using small seacrafts.

Moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 3.0 m) will prevail over Palawan and the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Region.

Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

Other disturbance being monitored

At 7:00 PM today, the Tropical Depression outside the PAR was estimated based on all available data at 1,795 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

It is moving northeastward at 15 km/h. This disturbance is less likely to enter the PAR.

— The Summit Express

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