Thursday, July 28, 2011

'Juaning' re-intensifies; PAGASA tracks new cyclone approaching PHL


After causing more than 20 deaths, Tropical Storm Juaning re-intensified slightly as it continued to move away from Philippine territory early Thursday.

This developed as the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration is tracking a tropical depression approaching Philippine territory.

"Ine-expect ito ay lalabas ng Philippine area of responsibility between 8 and 10 this morning. Nasa Philippine area of responsibility pa, nasa may West Philippine Sea (We expect 'Juaning' to exit Philippine territory between 8 and 10 a.m. It is still in Philippine territory, at the West Philippine Sea)," PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang said in an interview on dzBB radio.
On the other hand, he said they are keeping tabs on an approaching tropical depression, which will be codenamed "Kabayan" once it enters Philippine territory.

Galang said that while the incoming cyclone is not expected to make landfall on the Philippines, it may bring more rains by enhancing the southwest monsoon.

Citing their forecast models, he said the cyclone is likely to enter Philippine territory late Friday or early Saturday.

"May posibilidad lumakas (ito) habang papalapit. Kung tutuloy, hindi siya tatama sa kalupaan. (Gigilid ito) sa may northeast part ng Northern Luzon pero may kalayuan (There is a chance it will intensify as it comes closer to the Philippines. If it does not change course, it is likely to approach but not likely get near the northeast part of Northern Luzon)," he said.

"Sana hindi babago ang tahak na direction, papunta Southern Japan (We hope the incoming depression will not change its direction. As of now it is heading for Southern Japan)," he added.

He also said the depression will likely enhance the southwest monsoon.

Galang also discounted the possibility of the incoming cyclone attracting Juaning and causing the storm to return to Philippine territory.

"Medyo malayo ang distance para magkaroon ng Fujiwara Effect (The cyclones are too far from each other for 'Juaning' to return to Philippine territory)," he said.

6 areas under Signal 1

At least six areas remained under Storm Signal No. 1 as of Thursday morning, PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.

PAGASA said that as of 4 a.m. Thursday, Juaning slightly re-intensified while over the West Philippine Sea. It was estimated at 240 km west southwest of Laoag City packing maximum winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph, and was moving west northwest at 22 kph.

By Thursday afternoon, it is expected to be 440 km west of Laoag City. By Friday morning, it is expected to be 680 km west of Laoag City or at 350 km southeast of Hainan, China.

Under Storm Signal No. 1 were:

Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
La Union

PAGASA said residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signal 1 should be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.


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