4 areas under signal no. 1; Henry accelerates-A A +A
Monday, July 21, 2014
MANILA -- The state weather bureau raised public storm warning signal number 1 over four areas in Luzon as Typhoon Henry (Matmo) accelerated Sunday evening while moving northwestward.
In its 11 p.m. Sunday bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Typhoon Henry was located as of 10 p.m. at 330 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.
The typhoon was packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It was moving northwest at 20 kph, added Pagasa.
With its movement and location, the Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands have been placed under public storm warning signal number 1. These areas will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph, expected in at least 36 hours.
Pagasa said Typhoon Henry will bring an estimated rainfall amount of 7.2 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within its 500-kilometer diameter.
"Henry and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon or Habagat are expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Visayas and Dinagat and Siargao Islands. Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides," said the weather bureau Sunday evening.
It also warned fisherfolk and those with small seacrafts not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon, the seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.
Typhoon Henry, the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine territory this year, is expected to be at 320 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao by Monday evening, 140 kilometers north of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday evening, and 580 kilometers northwest of Basco or outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday evening. (LMY/Sunnex)