Tropical depression "Gorio" enters RP; 9 provinces under signal No. 1

July 9, 2009 8:40 am 

MANILA, July 9 — The low pressure area (LPA) east of Northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression named "Gorio," prompting the weather bureau to place nine provinces under storm signal No. 1.

Tropical depression "Gorio" was spotted at 340 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and heading west-northwest at 11 kph.

Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan group of islands, Northern Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra, Ilocos Norte and Batanes have been placed under signal No. 1, as these areas will experience rains and occasional gusty winds.

Residents along coastal areas can expect moderate to rough waters, Pagasa said.

The rest of Northern Luzon will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of the country will be mostly cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

"Gorio" is forecast to cross Aparri, Cagayan Friday and Saturday and Basco, Batanes towards the end of the week.

Metro Manila and other places in the western section of Luzon and western Visayas will also experience rains due to enhanced southwest monsoon caused by "Gorio."

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes, especially near the restive Mayon Volcano, are advised to take all the necessary precautions against possible flashfloods and landslides, the Pagasa said. (PNA) scs/MPC

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