Aghon Strengthens into Tropical Storm, Signal No. 2 Raised in Quezon

Tropical Storm Aghon brings Signal No. 2 to Quezon areas

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression Aghon has intensified into a tropical storm as it moves northwestward over the coastal waters of Lucena City, Quezon, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Pagasa reported that Aghon is currently over the province, moving at 10 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

As a result of this development, Pagasa raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 2 in 24 areas within Quezon province. These areas include Alabat, Perez, Quezon, Gumaca, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Unisan, Pitogo, Plaridel, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Mauban, Real, General Nakar, Infanta, Sampaloc, Pagbilao, Calauag, Lucban, Tayabas City, Lucena City, and Polillo Islands.

Additionally, TCWS No. 1 has been raised in several other areas including parts of Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, and various regions in Luzon.

Pagasa also issued a gale warning for several coastal areas due to Aghon’s influence, with the tropical storm expected to make landfall in Quezon within the next three hours. The forecast indicates that Aghon will traverse mainland Calabarzon and Polillo Islands over the next 12 hours before moving towards the east coast of Quezon or Aurora.

While Aghon is expected to remain a tropical storm during this period, the potential for it to weaken into a tropical depression over mainland Calabarzon is not ruled out due to land interaction.

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