‘Sarah’ unlikely to make landfall

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    “SARAH” yesterday intensified into a severe tropical storm from a tropical storm but is no longer likely to make landfall, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

    Signal No. 1 remained up in Batanes province.

    Sarah is forecast to “gradually weaken” today or on Saturday and to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning.

    As of 5 p.m. yesterday, Sarah was some 255 km east of Basco, Batanes. It was moving northwest at 10 kph with maximum winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. Sarah is projected to be 365 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes this afternoon.

    Weather specialist Loriedin dela Cruz said while Sarah is unlikely to make landfall, “its center will be near our islands in the extreme northern Luzon.”

    Dela Cruz said residents in the area should not be complacent because they are still going to still experience gusty winds.

    Senior weather specialist Chris Perez said Sarah is expected to have weakened into a tropical depression when it exits the country on Saturday.

    The former typhoon “Ramon,” which weakened after making a landfall in Sta. Ana, Cagayan on Wednesday, was located 400 km west southwest of Subic, Zambales as of 4 p.m. yesterday.

    Perez said it is unlikely Ramon will re-intensify and is expected to exit on Friday or Saturday.