As of 5 O'Clock in the afternoon of July 30, 2016, tropical storm Carina is located 290 kilometers Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes in the Island in the northern Philippines. The weather disturbance has maintained its strength and has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and with a gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour. Carina is expected to move north-northwest with a speed of 17 kilometers per hour.
The PAGASA declared signal number 2 to the province of Isabela. Signal number 1 is also declared in the provinces of Cagayan including Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Isabela, Northern Aurora, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar. These provinces will experience a wind impact of very light or no damage to low-risk structures of any property of businesses and houses. Residents within the affected area should start their preparation in the area to prevent any untoward incident damaged by the storm.
|Track of Tropical Storm Carina, from PAGASA|
Estimated rainfall is measured from at least moderate to heavy to areas located near or within the 400-kilometer diameter of the storm. All Fisherman are now alerted by the authorities against moderate or even rough seas over the Eastern and northern seaboards of Luzon and in the Visayas regions. The radius of the storm is expected to become larger as it gains strength over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea while approaching the main island of Luzon.
Areas that are under Tropical Cyclone Signal number 1 and provinces nearby should expect a rough weather due to the extension of cloud clusters absorbed by the tropical storm. Residents are also alerted against moderate to heavy rains brought about by the tropical storm that can trigger dangerous flash floods in the area. Mountainous areas expect that heavy downpour could trigger landslides that are dangerous to the affected area.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal to other parts of the Philippines were lowered by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as the storm is heading to the north of the country.
The agency is now coordinating with the Public and Risk Reduction and Management Council to prepare for mass evacuations, retrieval operations, clearing operations, and rescue missions for areas affected by the incoming storm.
The Philippines is no stranger to Tropical Storms. Each year, the Philippines expects at least 22 tropical cyclones, the only country to be hit with the largest number of cyclones than any other country in the world.
In 2013, the Philippines was brushed by a historic strong super typhoon that killed more than 13 thousand residents all over the area. Super typhoon Haiyan was the costliest super typhoon to hit the Philippines, with a worth of at least 7 billion US dollars.