'Bagyong Pepito' PAGASA weather update October 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) east of Catanduanes has developed into tropical depression and was called 'Pepito', state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 am bulletin on Monday, October 19, 2020.

'Bagyong Pepito' PAGASA weather update October 19, 2020

PAGASA further said 'Pepito' developed into a tropical depression at 2:00 am today. It will likely remain a tropical depression over the next 36 hours and may make landfall as a tropical depression or a weak tropical storm.

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"After crossing Northern Luzon. 'Pepito' may further intensify over the West Philippine Sea and may reach severe tropical storm category by Friday," PAGASA added.

At 4:00 am today, the center of TD 'Pepito' was estimated based on all available data at 820 km East of Virac, Catanduanes.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 20 km/h.

Forecast Positions
  • 24 Hour (Tomorrow morning): 600 km East of Casiguran, Aurora
  • 48 Hour (Wednesday morning): In the vicinity of Jones, Isabela
  • 72 Hour (Thursday morning): 255 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan
  • 96 Hour (Friday morning): 1550 km West of Dagupan City, Pangasinan (OUTSIDE PAR)

'Bagyong Pepito' will move west northwestward or northwestward today, then turn more westward tomorrow towards Northern or Central Luzon.

'Bagyong Pepito' PAGASA weather update October 19, 2020

On the forecast track, the tropical cyclone is forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of Northern or Central Luzon tomorrow evening or Wednesday early morning. It may emerge over the West Philippine Sea on Wednesday afternoon or evening.

Hazards affecting land

Rainfall: Today, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may be experienced over Quezon, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Davao Oriental.

Flooding (including flashfloods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings as appropriate.

Winds: No tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect. However, the northeasterly surface windflow partly enhanced by 'Pepito' may bring strong-force to near gale-force winds with occasional gusts over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, and the coastal and mountainous areas of northern Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Northern Samar.

Hazards affecting coastal waters

Gale Warning is in effect over the seaboards of Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Isabela due to rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m) caused by the northeasterly surface windflow. Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for those using small seacrafts.

Moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 3.0 m) due to 'Pepito' and the northeasterly surface windflow will be experienced in the next 24 hours over the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Bicol Region and the seaboards of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures while venturing out to sea.

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