Falcon intensifies into tropical storm

Signal No. 2 is raised in the northeastern part of Cagayan and more areas are placed under Signal No. 1 due to Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) on Tuesday afternoon, July 16

Acor Arceo

Published: 5:50 PM July 16, 2019

Updated: 5:50 PM July 16, 2019

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Satellite image of Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) as of July 16, 2019, 5:20 pm. Image from PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines – Falcon intensified from a tropical depression into a tropical storm at 2 pm on Tuesday, July 16. It has been given the international name Danas, a name contributed by the Philippines to the list of international names for tropical cyclones.

In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) is already 335 kilometers east southeast of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

It is still moving west at a relatively fast 30 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Falcon now has maximum winds of 65 km/h from the previous 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 80 km/h from the previous 70 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Signal No. 2 is now raised in:

northeastern part of Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands

Signal No. 1, meanwhile, is up over more areas:

rest of Cagayan

Batanes

northern part of Ilocos Norte

nothern part of Abra

Apayao

Kalinga

Isabela

eastern part of Mountain Province

eastern part of Ifugao

PAGASA warned that Falcon could closely approach or make landfall over the Batanes-Babuyan area on Wednesday evening, July 17.

The tropical storm also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is triggering rain as well.

Below is the latest on the expected rainfall:

Tuesday, July 16, until Wednesday afternoon, July 17

Moderate to heavy rain

Ilocos Region

Cordillera Administrative Region

Cagayan Valley

Nueva Ecija

Aurora

Zambales

Occidental Mindoro

northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands

Aklan

Antique

Capiz

Iloilo

Guimaras

Light to heavy rain

Metro Manila

Calabarzon

Bicol

rest of Central Luzon

rest of Mimaropa

rest of the Visayas

Wednesday afternoon, July 17, until Thursday afternoon, July 18

Moderate to heavy rain

Ilocos Region

Cordillera Administrative Region

Cagayan Valley

Light to heavy rain

Metro Manila

Central Luzon

Calabarzon

Mimaropa

Flash floods and landslides are possible in areas affected by Falcon and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

Classes have been suspended in some areas for Wednesday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Wednesday, July 17, 2019)

Sea travel is also risky in the seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2, and in the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas.

Falcon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday, July 19.

Forecast track of Tropical Storm Falcon (Danas) as of July 16, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:

July - 2 or 3

August - 2 to 4

September - 2 to 4

October - 2 or 3

November - 1 or 2

December - 0 or 1

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com