Satellite image of Tropical Depression Carina as of July 13, 2020, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Carina maintained its strength on Monday afternoon, July 13, as it headed for the Luzon Strait, which is located near the Batanes-Cagayan area.
In an online briefing past 5 pm on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Carina is now 165 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.
The tropical depression is moving west northwest at the same speed of 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It could just pass through the Luzon Strait, roughly 100 kilometers off the northeastern tip of Luzon and near the Babuyan Islands and Batanes. But there is still a chance it might hit land.
“Accounting for the forecast track probability cone, a landfall scenario over these areas remains a possibility,” PAGASA said.
At the moment, Carina continues to have maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. It is not forecast to become a tropical storm and might weaken back into a low pressure area on Wednesday, July 15. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
As Carina neared, more parts of mainland Cagayan were placed under Signal No. 1 on Monday afternoon. This is the latest list of areas covered:
northeastern part of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga, Santa Teresita, Buguey, Camalaniugan, Aparri, Lal-lo, Gattaran, Baggao)