Henry strengthens; to exit PAR Wednesday-A A +A
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
MANILA (Updated) - Typhoon Henry, the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, has gained strength while lying across the east of Batanes moving towards the Baschi Channel, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.
In a bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Henry was spotted at 170 kilometers (km) east northeast of Basco Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is moving northwest at 24 kph.
Pagasa said if Henry will maintain its speed and movement, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday morning.
The Batanes Group of Islands remains under public storm warning signal number 2, which means residents in the area will experience winds of 61-100 kph in at least 24 hours.
Storm warning signal number 1 was hoisted over Cagayan, including Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands, which were expected to experience 30-60 kph of winds in at least 36 hours.
"These areas (under public storm warning signals 1 and 2) were expected to have gusty winds with moderate to occasionally heavy rains," said the weather bureau.
Pagasa also warned residents living in the areas under public storm warning signals against possible flash floods and landslides due to heavy rains.
Typhoon Henry is also expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Cagayan Valley, in the provinces of Zambales and Bataan while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will experience monsoon rains due to the cyclone-enhanced southwest monsoon.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 millimeter per hour (moderate to heavy) within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon.
"Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to the winds brought by typhoon," Pagasa said.
Meanwhile, to avoid heavy traffic in the metro due to flooded streets, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has positioned 149 personnel and 18 flood sipping equipment in 22 flood prone areas, including España-Antipolo-Maceda in Manila, Padre Burgos-Manila City Hall vicinity, Osmeña-Skyway northbound in Makati City, Edsa-North Avenue, Quezon City, Don Bosco, Makati City, Buendia-South Superhighway southbound in Makati City, Buendia-South Superhighway northbound, C-5-Bagong Ilog, West Service Road, and Merville in Parañaque City and Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati City. (Sunnex)