Sunday, July 31, 2011

Weather: Potential cyclone now active; 'Kabayan' maintains strength


Typhoon "Kabayan" (Muifa) maintained its strength as it continued to move northward Sunday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

PAGASA also said a potential cyclone has become an active low-pressure area (ALPA) off Ilocos Sur became active, with PAGASA indicating it may become a cyclone as well, even as its warned of possible flash floods and landslides over parts of Central and Northern Luzon.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Kabayan was estimated at 980 km east of Casiguran, Aurora as of 10 a.m.

PAGASA said Kabayan packed maximum winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph and was moving north at 7 kph.

It is expected to be 1,020 km east of Aparri, Cagayan Monday morning, and 1,060 km east-northeast of Aparri, Cagayan Tuesday morning.

By Wednesday Morning it is expected to be 990 km northeast of Basco, Batanes.

As for the ALPA, PAGASA said it was estimated at 250 km west-southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

"(It) is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over the western section of Central and Northern Luzon which may trigger flashfloods and landslides," PAGASA said.

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