Monday, October 8, 2012

Philippine Weather Update: Another Storm/Typhoon Coming

A tropical storm near Northern Luzon and may enter the country on Monday, the state weather bureau said.

Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 4 a.m. Monday, tropical storm with international name 'Prapiroon' was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 1,320 km East of Tuguegarao City (17.8°N, 135.8°E) with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Loiz said the tropical storm is forecast to move west at 15 kph and is expected to enter the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) within today (Monday).

He said the tropical storm once inside the PAR, will named "Nina" – the 14th cyclone to enter the country this year, and this will bring rains over some parts of Luzon.

Based on the models, Loiz said the tropical storm is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country but the agency continues to monitor the situation.

He said it will just move near the landmass of Northern Luzon and forecast to exit the country by Thursday towards Japan.

But Loiz said the cyclone is expected to strengthen into a typhoon in the next few days since it is still hovering over the sea.

He said PAGASA expects two to three cyclones to enter the PAR this month.

In the next 24 hours, Loiz said that the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) is expected to bring light to moderate rains in Palawan and Mindanao.These areas will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms.

The rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast to North will prevail over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos Region, Central Luzon and Metro Manila and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

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