Published On: Thu, May 14th, 2020

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The mighty tropical system is also referred to as Ambo by Japan Meteorological Agency. The storm has been progressively coming closer to the eastern islands of the Philippines over several days.

Towns though to be in the track of the typhoon have began to prompt evacuations and to hand out relief packages, ahead of the storm’s arrival.

A total of 515 households were evacuated from the towns of Maniila, Tandarora and Muladbucad Grande, all in the Albay area between the cities of Naga and Legazpi City.

Evacuees were urged to wear masks as prevention from coronavirus.

Now with continuous winds of 130 km/h (80 mph), Ambo is equivalent to a category 1 hurricane in the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.

As Ambo approaches the Philippines, outer rain bands may continue to hit eastern locations, like Samar Island.

However, the impact of the storm will wait until Thursday morning.

It will reach the island with typhoon-strength winds and strong rains during that period.

AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Houk forecasts Ambo to continue to strengthen into Friday.

The exact path that Ambo takes will ultimately influence how strong the storm and its winds can become.

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The most likely path, at this time, maintains the centre of Ambo off the coast of Luzon through early Saturday, local time, which means it may remain a typhoon a little longer.

“There will be a lot of moisture associated with this system, which will help to create a wide swath of heavy rain across the central and northern Philippines through the weekend,” said Mr Houk.

Up to 50 to 100 mm (2-4 inches) is possible as far south as Cebu and north toward Manila.

Abundant tropical rains throughout the second half of the week can increment the threat of flooding and mudslides across the region.

The heaviest rain is likely to go along the centre of the storm and expand just to the east, as moisture is drawn in from the warm Philippine Sea.

It is in this area that the AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 300 mm (12 inches) is most likely.

The most constant rains are forecasted to stay north and east of Manila, but should Ambo wobble once moving into Luzon, some heavier downpours may extend to the suburbs as well as Quezon City and Caloocan.

Even as Ambo’s wind strength decreases at the end of the weekend and advances to the north of the Philippines, other land regions could be hit.

While most of the rain will probably stay east of Taiwan, the southernmost islands of Japan may experience gusty winds and flooding downpours.

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