• New typhoon may enter PAR Tuesday or Wednesday


    The tropical storm outside the country has intensified into a typhoon category and is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday evening or Wednesday, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

    In an interview, PAGASA weather observer Benjie Depas said that as of 4 a.m. the typhoon with international name “Vongfong” was located based on all available data at 1,700 km east of Northern Luzon (16.5ºN, 138.0ºE) with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 25 kph.

    He said that once it enters the country, it will be locally named “Ompong” — the 15th tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year and second for the month of October.

    He said the coming tropical cyclone is expected to follow the track of typhoon Neneng and is forecast to exit the PAR within the next 24 hours and move toward the southern islands of Japan.

    He added that it is not expected to affect and make landfall in any part of the country.

    For Tuesday forecast, Depas said Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) continues affecting Mindanao.

    He said due to ITCZ, Palawan, Western Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    The provinces of Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of northeastern wind flow.

    Depas said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers due localized thunderstorms.

    In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the Northern Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

    Light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas.

    The state weather bureau also issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the northeasterly surface windflow is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.

    ”Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA warned.



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