Tropical storm "Nock-ten" brings heavy rains in N Philippines

13:15, July 26, 2011      

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Tropical Depression "Nock-ten" ("Juaning") has intensified into a tropical storm Tuesday morning, bringing heavy rains and floods in several northern Philippine provinces.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said "Nock-ten," which packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center, was seen 100 kilometers northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte. PAGASA forecasts the tropical storm to move west northwestward at 19 kph.

The country's weather forecasters raised storm signal No. 2 over Catanduanes, Albay and Camarines provinces. Signal number the provinces of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Cagayan, Isabela, Ifugao, Mt. Province, La Union, Pangasinan, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva. Ecija, Quirino, Aurora, Quezon, Polillo Island, and Sorsogon are placed under storm signal No. 1.

"Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals number one and two are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," Pagasa said.

Education officials suspended classes in pre-school, elementary and high school levels, both in public and private, in several northern Philippine provinces including the capital region of Metro Manila.

Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific and Zest Air canceled at least 20 domestic flights due to the weather disturbance.

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