Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2 has been lifted in some areas affected by Tropical Storm “Pepito” as it slightly intensified while moving westward over the West Philippine Sea, PAGASA said on Wednesday.
In its latest weather bulletin, the following areas in Pangasinan remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1: Bolinao, Anda, Bani, Agno, Alaminos City, Mabini, Burgos, Dasol, Sual, Labrador, and Infanta.
As of 10 AM, Pepito was last seen at 210 kilometers west of Dagupan City in Pangasinan with maximum sustained winds of 85 km per hour and gustiness of up to 105 km/h moving westward at 30 km/h.
Intense rains caused by Pepito resulted in floods, landfall, landslides, and power outages in several areas in Luzon.
Pepito is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning and is forecasted to intensify to a severe tropical storm, as per PAGASA.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, and Palawan. The bureau also warned of possible flooding including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.
Strong- to near gale-force winds can be experienced in areas under Signal No. 1, PAGASA added.