Signal No. 1 still up in 3 areas as Tropical Depression Carina maintains strength

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 13) — Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 remains raised in three areas in northern Luzon as Tropical Depression Carina maintained strength on Monday, the state weather bureau said.

Signal No.1 is still hoisted in Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands and parts of Northeastern Cagayan (Santa Ana and Gonzaga), according to the 11pm weather bulleting of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

Areas under Signal No. 1 will experience occasional gusts and intermittent rains within at least 36 hours, with winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour.

Carina was last tracked at 195 kilometers northeast of Aparri, Cagayan or 170 km east of Calayan, Cagayan as of 10pm.

It maintained its strength with maximum winds of 45 kph and gustiness of 55kph.

It continues to move northwestward towards Luzon Strait, passing near Babuyan Islands and Batanes, PAGASA said.

PAGASA issued a yellow rainfall warning over Zambales and Bataan, which indicates possible flooding in flood-prone areas.

Scattered moderate to heavy rains are expected over Batanes, northern portion of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Apayao, and Abra, between tonight until tomorrow afternoon.

Meanwhile scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over the rest of northern Luzon.

The weather bureau warned of possible landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Carina, the third tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility or cyclone monitoring zone on Wednesday morning.

At least three more tropical cyclones are expected to enter Philippine territory this month, PAGASA said.