Tropical storm “Hanna” may intensify into a severe tropical storm on Tuesday and further into a typhoon on Wednesday, the weather bureau said on Monday.
As of 3 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) last spotted Hanna at 845 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan. It has slowed down at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph), moving in a west-northwest direction.
“Hanna,” with international name “Lekima,” maintained its strength, carrying maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of 105 kph. A severe tropical storm carries maximum sustained winds of 89 kph to 117 kph, while a typhoon has maximum winds of 118 kph to 220 kph.
Pagasa weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said while “Hanna” was expected to intensify, its projected track showed that it was unlikely to make landfall until it exits the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday.
“Hanna,” the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the PAR, was the first of two to four tropical cyclones expected in August.
Pagasa also spotted a low pressure area (LPA) at 2,440 east-northeast of Southern Luzon outside PAR, which is likely to develop into a tropical depression.
Another shallow LPA, spotted at 395 west of Iba, Zambales, is pulling the southwest monsoon away from Metro Manila, Aurelio said.
Due to rains brought by “Hanna” and the enhanced southwest monsoon, a red or intense rainfall warning was raised over Occidental Mindoro, and an orange or heavy rainfall warning over Palawan as of 5 p.m. Pagasa warned of threats of flooding in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas.
Gale warning were raised in more parts of the country namely, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Marinduque, Romblon, Quezon including Polilio Island, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Antique, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Bohol, Cebu, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao Del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao Del Sur, and Davao Oriental. Pagasa warned against venturing out into the affected seas.
In the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains were expected over the Northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Mindoro provinces, Romblon, and Western Visayas.
Cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms were expected over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), the Bicol Region, the rest of of Mimaropa (Occidental and Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) and the Visayas.