MANILA, Philippines — Camiguin, one of the five big islands of Babuyan, was placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 5 on Tuesday afternoon as Super Typhoon Egay (international name: Doksuri) maintained its strength while crossing the Philippine Sea.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 2 p.m. cyclone update that Egay was moving northwestward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph) as it was last spotted 230 kilometers east-northeast Cagayan province’s Tuguegarao City.
Egay was packing maximum sustained winds of 180 kph and gustiness of up to 230 kph, according to state meteorologists.
Egay’s strong winds and rain also made Pagasa hoist TCWS No. 4 over the northeastern part of mainland Cagayan (Santa Ana and Gonzaga) and the rest of Babuyan Islands – Babuyan Island, Calayan Island, Fuga Island, and Dalupiri Island.
TCWS No. 3, on the other hand, remained over in the following areas:
The northeastern portion of Isabela (Divilacan, Maconacon, Palanan, Santa Maria, San Pablo, Santo Tomas, Cabagan, Tumauini)
The rest of Cagayan, Apayao, the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte (Vintar, Adams, Pagudpud, Dumalneg, Nueva Era, Carasi, Bangui, Piddig, Solsona)
The northeastern portion of Kalinga (Rizal, Pinukpuk)
Meanwhile, TCWS No. 2 was raised over:
The rest of Isabela, northern and central portions of Aurora (Dilasag, Casiguran, Dinalungan, Dipaculao)
The rest of Kalinga
The northeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Kasibu, Quezon, Diadi, Bagabag, Ambaguio, Villaverde, Solano, Bayombong)
The rest of Ilocos Norte
Northern portion of Benguet (Bakun, Mankayan, Buguias, Kabayan, Kibungan, Atok)
The northern portion of La Union (Bangar, Sudipen, Luna, Balaoan, Santol)
Pagasa likewise placed the following under TCWS No. 1:
Quezon, including Pollilo Islands
The rest of Aurora
The rest of Nueva Vizcaya
The rest of Benguet
The rest of La Union
The state weather service said Egay is forecast to hit or pass very close to the Babuyan Islands-northeastern mainland Cagayan area within today (July 25) or early morning Wednesday. It added that the super typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning and will make landfall in the vicinity of Fujian, China, on Friday morning.