Tropical Depression Aghon to Intensify and Make Landfall Over Quezon

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Tropical depression Aghon is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm and make landfall over Quezon province this morning, according to PAGASA. Currently observed over the coastal waters of Sibuyan Island, Aghon has sustained winds of 45 kph and gusts up to 75 kph, moving northwest at 30 kph. The storm is predicted to bring 100-200 millimeters of rain to Quezon and nearby regions, with lighter but significant rainfall expected in Aurora, Bicol, and parts of Isabela, Laguna, and Rizal. Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 has been raised over several areas, including Metro Manila, and signal No. 2 may be issued during Aghon’s passage. Aghon could weaken to a low-pressure area but might re-intensify, potentially reaching typhoon strength by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning as it exits the Philippine area of responsibility.

Aghon’s impact has stranded 6,554 travelers at seaports, with significant disruptions reported by the Philippine Coast Guard across various districts. Authorities have suspended sea travel in affected areas, and the Philippine Ports Authority has provided food to stranded passengers. The Civil Aviation Authority has directed airport managers in the Bicol region to secure facilities, while the Manila International Airport Authority announced the cancellation of 19 domestic flights due to adverse weather conditions. AirAsia Philippines reported no flight cancellations.

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