At least 10 areas were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 as a low-pressure area (LPA) off Northern Luzon intensified into a tropical depression early Saturday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the cyclone, codenamed "Ester," is moving toward the Cagayan area.
“Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under Signal 1 and areas over the western sections of Central and southern Luzon and Western Visayas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
Placed under Storm Signal No. 1 were Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Northern Isabela, Batanes, Babuyan Island, and Calayan Island.
As of 4 a.m., Ester – the fifth cyclone in Philippine territory so far this year – was estimated at 190 km southeast of Basco, Batanes.
PAGASA advised the public and disaster coordinating councils concerned to take appropriate actions.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said strong to gale force winds will affect the western seaboard of Central Luzon and the seaboards of southern Luzon and the Visayas.
“Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said. — LBG, GMANews.TV