SIGNAL No. 2 has been hoisted in many parts of Luzon as tropical storm “Pepito” is expected to make landfall tonight over the coast of the Aurora-Isabela area, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pepito 1 - Typhoon signal No. 2 up in LuzonAffected areas are La Union, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Aurora, southern portion of Isabela (Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Gamu, Burgos, San Manuel, Aurora, Cabatuan, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Cauayan City, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Angadanan, Alicia, San Mateo, Ramon, San Isidro, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Santiago City and Cordon) and the southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Sugpon, Alilem and Tagudin).

Also under the same typhoon signal are the northern portion of Zambales (Iba, Palauig, Masinloc, Candelaria, Sta. Cruz, Botolan and Cabangan) and the northern portion of Quezon (General Nakar), the state-run weather agency said in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin.

Signal No. 1 is raised in Metro Manila, Abra, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Rizal, the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga and Vinzons), Catanduanes, the rest of the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta and Real) and the rest of Zambales, Pagasa added.

Intensifying into a tropical storm at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, it said Pepito is moving west-northwestward and will make landfall over the Aurora-Isabela area between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

“It will then cross the Luzon landmass and emerge over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) tomorrow morning and is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning,” according to Pagasa.

At 10 a.m. on Tuesday, the center of the tropical storm was estimated at 295 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora and is moving north-westward at 25 kilometers per hour (kph).

Pagasa said Pepito has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said it is closely monitoring another tropical depression outside the PAR that was spotted around 10 a.m. also on Tuesday at 1,735 km east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon.

With maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph, it is moving north-northwestward at 15 kph.

This disturbance is less likely to enter the PAR, the weather bureau said.

Pepito will bring moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Mimaropa (Mindoro Occidental, Mindoro Oriental , Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Quezon, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, mainland Cagayan, Pangasinan and Benguet.

Light to moderate with, at times, heavy rains will be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula and Bangsamoro.

Flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards, Pagasa said.

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