TS Maring maintains strength, ‘accelerates’ northwest


Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that tropical storm Maring has maintained its strength and accelerating its speed as it continued to move away from the country.

Pagasa said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Maring was located at about 540 km Northeast of Itbayat town, Batanes province packed with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Weather forecaster Connie Dadivas said that Maring accelerated from 11 kph on Tuesday morning to 19 kph afternoon and also shifted direction from east to northwest.

With the changed on its speed and track, Dadivas said the cyclone is now expected to exit the Philippine territory “between Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday morning.”

She explained that Maring started to speed up after a low pressure area (LPA), which was formed on the northeast side of the cyclone Monday afternoon, has dissipated on Tuesday morning.

When it comes with the changes on its movement, Dadivas said it was a ridge of a high pressure area near Japan that pushes it to move northward.

Dadivas said the cyclone is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat until Thursday.

Due to the storm-enhanced southwest monsoon, Dadivas said cloudy skies with intermittent light to heavy rains will continue to prevail over Luzon, especially in its western section, including Metro Manila until Wednesday.

Visayas, on the other hand, will have cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains.

She said Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated light to moderate rains.

Dadivas said weather condition in many parts of the country, particularly in Luzon and Metro Manila, is expected to improve starting Friday as the cyclone continues to move towards Northern Taiwan, where it is expected to make its first landfall.

She noted that Maring is also expected to make another landfall in southern China after it passes over Taiwan’s landmass.

Dadivas said Maring may still intensify into a typhoon before it leaves the country’s area of responsibility.

Pagasa said strong to gale-force winds associated with the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Maring may affect the seaboards of Luzon.

“Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said.

In separate interview, weather forecaster Jori Loiz saidthe volume of rainfall recorded in the past 24 hours at the Pagasa’s Sangley Point in Cavite due to the cyclone-enhanced southwest monsoon surpassed last year’s record of habagat.

From 8 a.m. on Monday to 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Loiz said Pagasa have recorded 475 millimeters (mm) amount of rainfall in Sangley, which was way above the 364.2 mm volume of rainfall recorded also in Sangley on August 7 last year during the onslaught of habagat in Luzon.

Loiz further noted that the 475 mm amount of rainfall wasalso the highest in the history of Pagasa in Sangley Point.

“This record also surpassed the normal average rainfallamount for the month of August in Pagasa Sangley Point, which is about 457.2 mm,” he said.

In Pagasa Science Garden in Quezon City, which has anormal average of 504.2 mm rainfall amount within the month of August, Loiz said 103.5 mm of rainfall was recorded for the last 24 hours.

During last year’s habagat, the amount of rainfall forthree days at the Pagasa Science Garden was at 1,007 mm. PNA



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