Weather forecast as of 5 a.m., Oct. 31

October 30, 2009 11:45 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 31 — Heavy downpour spawned by typhoon 'Santi' occurred in Metro Manila and surrounding places Friday night as it made landfall in Infanta, Quezon, the state weather bureau said.

Typhoon Santi is now traversing Southern Tagalog and has weakened slightly, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

"Santi headed down instead of its forecast track, and hit south of Infanta, Quezon at 12:30 a.m. The storm is forecast to maintain its strength of 150 kph winds and gusts of up to 185 kph," said PAGASA weather forecaster Mario Palafox.

At 5 a.m. today, PAGASA said the typhoon was spotted 60 kms south-southeast of Metro Manila.

Santi, though weakened, packed peak winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

It is seen to reach 510 kms west-southwest of Metro Manila by Sunday morning, and 770 kms west of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro or over the South China Sea.

Signal No. 3 is still hoisted over Bataan, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island and Metro Manila.

Signal No. 2 is raised over Pampanga, Bulacan, Quezon, Polillo Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Romblon and Calamian Group.

Signal No. 1 is placed over Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Albay, Burias Island, Northern Palawan and Northern Panay.

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signal Nos. 3, 2, and 1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides, said PAGASA.

Those living along the coast in areas under signal Nos. 3 and 2 are advised to be on alert against storm surges and big waves generated by the typhoon, it said.

The PAGASA earlier forecast Santi to hit Camarines Norte, and will pass through Quezon province and northern parts of Oriental Mindoro before blowing out to the South China Sea by Saturday evening.

However, a high-pressure area in China is steering the storm southward, said weather branch chief Nathaniel Cruz.

Early reports also said that power supply in the Bicol region and parts of Quezon province was cut due to strong winds brought by the typhoon. (PNA)

LGI/MPC

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