Pray for the Philippines as Super Typhoon Kiko intensifies Signal No. 4 the highest possible tropical cyclone wind signal

Cagayan, Batanes, and the northern part of Isabela are expected to see heavy to torrential rain from Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) starting Friday, September 10.

Typhoon Kiko (Chanthu) maintained its strength early Friday morning, September 10, while threatening extreme Northern Luzon.

Kiko was last spotted 235 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 8 am bulletin on Friday.

The typhoon was moving northwest at the same speed of 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It continues to have maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h and gustiness of up to 230 km/h.

PAGASA warned that starting Friday until Saturday evening, September 11, rain from Kiko will batter Northern Luzon. Scattered to widespread floods and landslides may hit the area.

Heavy to intense rain, with at times torrential rain
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • Batanes
  • northern part of Isabela
Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain
  • rest of Cagayan Valley
  • Ilocos Region
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • northern and central parts of Aurora

The state weather bureau also updated the areas covered by tropical cyclone wind signals as of 8 am on Friday.

Signal No. 3 (destructive typhoon-force winds)
  • extreme northeastern part of Cagayan (Santa Ana)
  • eastern part of Babuyan Islands (Babuyan Island, Didicas Island, Camiguin Island, Pamuktan Island)
Signal No. 2 (damaging gale-force to storm-force winds)
  • Batanes
  • rest of Babuyan Islands
  • remaining eastern part of mainland Cagayan (Aparri, Camalaniugan, Lal-lo, Gattaran, Baggao, Peñablanca, Buguey, Santa Teresita, Gonzaga, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Amulung, Alcala, Allacapan, Lasam, Ballesteros, Abulug)
  • northeastern part of Isabela (San Pablo, Maconacon, Divilacan, Palanan)
Signal No. 1 (strong winds)
  • rest of mainland Cagayan
  • eastern part of Ilocos Norte (Pagudpud, Adams, Dumalneg, Bangui, Vintar, Carasi, Nueva Era, Burgos)
  • Apayao
  • northern part of Kalinga (Balbalan, Pinukpuk, Tabuk City, Rizal)
  • eastern part of Mountain Province (Paracelis)
  • northeastern part of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Malibcong)
  • northwestern and southeastern parts of Isabela (Santa Maria, Quezon, Mallig, Roxas, San Manuel, Cabatuan, Aurora, Cauayan City, Angadanan, San Guillermo, Dinapigue, San Mariano, Cabagan, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Tumauini, Quirino, Burgos, Gamu, Ilagan City, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Naguilian, Benito Soliven)
  • northern part of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran)

Signal No. 4 remains the highest possible tropical cyclone wind signal for Kiko.

US NOAA/Himawari 8
US NOAA/Himawari 8

PAGASA also warned that there is a moderate risk of storm surges 1 to 2 meters high occurring on Friday.

It added that “rising seawater along with the high waves from the shoreline moving inland may cause flooding in the low-lying coastal localities of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Isabela.”

Kiko is affecting certain seaboards on Friday as well.

The tropical cyclone, which has reached super typhoon status in the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center category, is packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 265 kph, according to PAGASA.

The center of the typhoon’s eye was last spotted 190 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

It was moving north northwestward at 15 kph over the waters off northeast of Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

PAGASA
PAGASA

Rough to very high seas (waves 2.5 to 10 meters high)

Travel risky for all vessels, mariners advised to remain in port

  • seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1, 2, and 3
Moderate to rough seas (waves 1.2 to 3 meters high)

Travel risky for small vessels, mariners advised to avoid navigation

  • eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon

Kiko is still expected to pass over the coastal waters of the northeastern part of Cagayan on Friday afternoon or evening.

Then it may cross the vicinity of Babuyan Islands and Batanes or pass within their coastal waters from Friday evening until Saturday afternoon or evening.

PAGASA reiterated, however, that landfall in the northeastern part of Cagayan remains a possibility.