Signal number 2 raised in several areas as 'Ramon' intensifies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17) — The weather bureau has hoisted storm signal warning over several areas as tropical storm Ramon strengthens slightly.

In its 11 p.m. update, PAGASA said signal number two is now over Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) and the northern portion of Isabela (Sta. Maria, San Pablo, Maconacon, Cabagan, Santo Tomas, Quezon, Delfin Albano, Tumauini, and Divilacan).

Signal number 1, meanwhile is up over Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, northern Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, and Dinalungan), and the rest of Isabela.

On Monday, light to moderate with occasional heavy rains may be experienced over Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands), and Apayao, while light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over Ilocos Norte, Abra, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Quirino, and northern Aurora.

According to the weather bureau, Ramon is seen to make landfall as a tropical storm over northern Cagayan between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Fishermen and small vessels are not allowed to venture to sea, due to potentially rough sea conditions in areas where there are storm signals attributed to potentially rough sea conditions.

The storm was last seen 220 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora. It has maximum winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph. Ramon is moving west at 15 kph. It is predicted to be out of Philippine territory by Thursday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a low pressure area last spotted 1,945 km east of eastern Visayas is expected to enter Philippine territory by Tuesday, and is being monitored for further developments.