Santi makes a dash across Northern PH
By: FFE PH News Staff
Tropical storm Santi (international name Sari) weakened overnight after it slammed Aurora province 11pm on Friday. As of 4am, Santi has been sighted in Zambales and is continually moving west toward the West Philippine Sea at 22kph.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Santi weakened as it crossed over land. PAGASA last registered the storm at winds of 120kph up to 150kph. It is expected to leave the Philippine area by Sunday morning.
Public storm warning signal 3 is still raised in Zambales and Pangasinan. La Union, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga and Bataan, meanwhile, are still under storm signal 2. Metro Manila storm signal has been lowered to 1. Other provinces under storm signal 1 are Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas and Lubang Island in Mindoro.
Santi has been sending 7.5-25mm of rain per hour. Pagasa warns provinces under signals 3 and 2 to be on alert against storm surges or the rise of water. Areas with storm signals may experience flashfloods and landslides, added the weather centre.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has been on full alert since Friday before Santi made landfall.