Tropical Storm 'Henry' enters PAR

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Friday, July 18, 2014

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- The country's weather bureau reported that the tropical storm east of Northern Mindanao has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Friday morning and was named "Henry."

Henry (international name: Matmo) is the eighth tropical cyclone in the country this year.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the storm will not yet affect any part of the country.

According to Pagasa's 11 a.m. weather bulletin, Henry was located 890 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 7 a.m. today, July 18.

The tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Henry is forecast to move north northwest at 7 kph, Pagasa added.

Pagasa said Henry is estimated to bring rainfall amount from 7.5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within its 400-km diameter.

Henry is expected to be at 800 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, Saturday morning, July 19.

Just a few days ago, Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) ravaged the eastern and northern part of the country, leaving at least 54 people dead and 100 people injured.

Romina Maraisagan, spokesperson of the National Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said 167,293 families or 882,326 individuals were affected by Glenda.

"'Yung ibang nawawala mula nung nanalasa ang bagyong Glenda nakauwi na sa bahay nila pero 'yung iba unfortunately they were found dead," she said.

She said some 99,548 families or 525,791 persons remain in 1,200 evacuation centers as of Friday.

The NDRRMC said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is continuously conducting clearing operations as 19 roads and three bridges were rendered impassable due to damage and flooding.

Damage to infrastructure was estimate at P892,011,600 while damage to agriculture was placed at P4,529,620,307.42. The Bicol Region and Central Luzon were considered as most-hit regions due to the typhoon.

Sixty-five towns in the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Masbate, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon also experienced power interruptions due to the Typhoon Glenda.

The NDRRMC said that Bicol transmission lines still out but there was no reported damage to generation facilities in Southern Luzon.

"Bicol and Calabarzon assessment is currently on-going simultaneous with clearing operations prior to preparation for restoration," the report said.

It added that the priority for restoration is the vital infrastructures and commercial districts. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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