September 30, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday said the tropical storm over the Pacific Ocean with international name Chaba has maintained its strength as it continued to move towards the country.
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the storm was spotted at 2,170 kilometers east of Luzon.
It was still packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph.
It continued to move west at 20 kph.
If it maintains its speed and direction, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said it will enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) tomorrow (Saturday).
Once the storm enters the country, she said it will be named “Igme.”
Escullar noted that the storm will not make landfall and will not directly affect any part of the country.
Citing yesterday’s forecast models, she said it will re-curve towards Japan on Monday after staying at the eastern side of extreme Northern Luzon by the sea.
However, Escullar said the storm will enhance the southwest monsoon or “hanging habagat” beginning on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Meanwhile, PAGASA spotted a new low pressure area (LPA) inside PAR yesterday.
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, the LPA was estimated some 330 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City.
Escullar said the weather disturbance has a slim chance to become a tropical cyclone and will dissipate before Sunday.
Until tomorrow, she said the LPA will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over the eastern parts of Northern and Central Luzon.
She said the southwest monsoon, on the other hand, will bring cloudy skies with passing light to moderate rains over the western sections of Visayas and Luzon, including Metro Manila, until today (Friday).
Escullar said they expect the southwest monsoon to weaken starting tomorrow, resulting to improve weather condition in many parts of the country. – AIB