(JUAN) is now an extremely catastrophic Super Typhoon as its wind speed increases to 270KpH, rendering Northern Luzon in full danger as the howler continues tracking westward.
Residents and visitors along Northern and Central Luzon particularly Cagayan and Isabela should closely monitor the progress of MEGI (JUAN).
Typhoon “MEGI” a.k.a. “Juan” is currently showing a 28-km clear eye – a sign that the howler is having an “explosive deepening” intensification. At 7:39 AM (23:39 GMT) this morning, a US Navy C-130 Reconnaissance Aircraft reported maximum outbound surface winds of 146knots, 270 kph, with a very low pressure of 908 millibars. The super typhoon is expected to continue moving westward across the Philippine Sea for the next 6 hours, before diving its track to the WSW through 48 hours. “Juan” is forecast to continue intensifying and will reach its peak strength of 270 km/hr tonight. The howler will be off the coast of Cagayan tomorrow morning as it prepares to make landfall [8PM OCT 17: 18.5N 125.1E @ 270kph…8AM OCT 18: 18.0N 122.9E @ 260kph]. The powerful core of MEGI (eye and eye-wall) is now expected to make landfall over Southern Cagayan around noontime tomorrow, traversing the provinces of Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra and Ilocos Sur – Monday afternoon until early Tuesday morning.
Projected Landfall Area (Time):
South of Escarpada Point, Northern Cagayan or along the Cagayan Mountains, about 55kms, East North East of Tuguegarao City Monday noontime. “Juan” will pass very close to Tuguegarao City tomorrow between 1-2 PM Monday and will be about 15 km South of Vigan City, Ilocos Sur between 9-10 PM.
Maximum Sustained Winds (1-min. avg) have rapidly increased to near 260 km/hr (140 knots) with higher gusts. “Juan” is now a Category 5 Typhoon on the Saffir-Simpson Tropical Cyclone Scale, some strengthening is still likely prior to landfall over Cagayan tomorrow. Typhoon Force Winds (118 km/hr or more) extend outward up to 100 kilometers (55 nautical miles) from the center and Tropical Storm Force Winds (62-117 km/hr) extend outward up to 270 kilometers (145 nautical miles). “Juan” is a large-sized tropical cyclone with a diameter of 740 kilometers (400 nautical miles) across.
PAGASA Philippine Storm Warnings Signals
Storm Signal Number Three (3)
Now In Effect: ISABELA, CAGAYAN, CALAYAN & BABUYAN GROUP OF ISLANDS.
Storm Signal Number Two (2)
Now In Effect: BATANES, ILOCOS PROVINCES, APAYAO, ABRA, KALINGA, MT. PROVINCE, IFUGAO, NUEVA VIZCAYA, QUIRINO, & NORTHERN AURORA.
The above areas will experience stormy weather beginning tonight until tomorrow (with winds not exceeding 100 kph…and more than 100 kph for #03). Coastal waters will be rough to very rough and extremely dangerous to all types of seacrafts.
Storm Signal Number Three (3)
In Effect: LA UNION, BENGUET, PANGASINAN, NUEVA ECIJA, & REST OF AURORA.
The above areas will have rains and winds of not more than 60 kph beginning tonight until tomorrow. Coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Warning Signal Numbers 1, 2 & 3 are alerted against flashfloods, mudslides and landslides…while those living in coastal & beach-front areas are advised to seek higher grounds due to possible storm surge (aka. big waves).