'Emong' stronger, now a tropical storm

(UPDATED) “Emong” has further strengthened into a tropical storm on Tuesday noon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported.
 
In its 5 pm update on Tuesday, Pagasa said Emong maintains maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near its center and a gustiness of up to 80 kph.
 
The state weather bureau last spotted the storm at about 470 kms east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, with "Emong" accelerating its northward movement at 19 kph.
 
Should it maintain its current pace, Emong is expected to be 470 kms east of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning and out of Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning.
 
“Tropical Storm Emong is still too far to directly affect any part of the country. However, it will enhance the Southwest Monsoon,” Pagasa said.
 
The state weather said this will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over provinces in Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.
 
Pagasa noted Emong will also bring an estimated amount of rains from moderate 5 mm to heavy 15 mm per hour, which may cause severe flooding in affected areas.
 
“Fishermen specially using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and western seaboards of Souther n Luzon due to big waves generated by Tropical Storm “Emong,” it added.
 
However, Pagasa still hopes the dissipation of a low pressure area (LPA) near Mindanao will ease the downpour of rains all over the country Tuesday.
 
Pagasa weather observer Elvira Enriquez explained this will slightly weaken the rain activities of Southwest monsoon over Metro Manila.
 
“Hindi naging maganda ang sirkulasyon niya kaya natunaw yung LPA. Kaya mawawalan na sya ng epekto sa Habagat (Southwest monsoon),” Pagasa weather observer.
 
In a phone interview, Enriquez said the weather system’s presence in Mindanao helped “Emong” to pull the Southwest monsoon towards the country earlier this week.
 
This, she noted, brought torrential rains that suddenly caused floods and traffic in Metro Manila Monday night.
 
But the expert clarified the presence of Tropical Depression “Emong” will keep on pulling the Southwest monsoon towards the country.
 
Meanwhile, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) expect Emong to effect watercourses in Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal.
 
In its 9 am update, the NDRRMC warned of possible floods in Upper Marikina and Kaliwa, Rizal.

Loading...

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires
    Sy moves up, Villar enters Forbes list of billionaires

    Eleven Filipinos are included in Forbes’ 2015 list of richest people in the world. Filipino-Chinese tycoon Henry Sy Sr. continues to be the wealthiest man in the Philippines. The 90-year-old SM supermalls, banking and property tycoon ranked 73rd among the world’s richest with an increased net worth of $14.2 billion from $11.4 billion last year. Sy’s net worth was attributed to the continued growth of his SM Investments Corp. and his more recent venture, the City of Dreams Manila resort and …

  • Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit
    Jolo apologizes to Bong in visit

    Cavite Vice Gov. Jolo Revilla wept and embraced his father as he apologized for the “accidental” shooting incident in their Ayala Alabang residence, the family’s spokesman said yesterday. Lawyer Raymund Fortun came out of the private room at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City to speak to reporters, who were barred from entering the hospital compound during the visit of Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. …

  • N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills
    N. Korea fires missiles in anger at South-US military drills

    North Korea fired two short-range ballistic missiles into the sea and vowed "merciless" retaliation Monday as the US and South Korea kicked off joint military drills denounced by Pyongyang as recklessly confrontational. The annual exercises always trigger a surge in military tensions and warlike rhetoric on the divided peninsula, and analysts saw the North's missile tests as a prelude to a concerted campaign of sabre-rattling. "If there is a particularly sharp escalation, we could see the …

  • Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media
    Australian drug smugglers being taken to Indonesian island for execution - media

    By Jane Wardell and Beawiharta SYDNEY/DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Two convicted Australian drug smugglers were removed from a prison in Bali on Wednesday to be taken to an Indonesian island where they will be shot by firing squad, Australian media reported. The planned executions of Myuran Sukumaran, 33, and Andrew Chan, 31, have ratcheted up diplomatic tensions amid repeated pleas of mercy for the pair from Australia and thrown a spotlight on Indonesia's increasing use of the death …

  • No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors
    No need for Revilla to visit son – prosecutors

    Instead of filing an opposition, ombudsman prosecutors filed a manifestation yesterday expressing belief that there is no urgent need for Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. to visit his son at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center. “Based on the clinical abstract issued by the Asian Hospital on patient (Cavite) Vice-governor (Jolo) Revilla, which was submitted by accused Revilla in support of his Urgent Motion, Vice-governor Revilla is in stable condition and has stable vital signs, as of March 1, …

  • Another source of SAF execution video identified
    Another source of SAF execution video identified

    The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is still tracing the source of the video showing one of the wounded police commandos being finished off by Muslim rebels during the encounter in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last Jan. 25. A source from the Department of Justice (DOJ) said they have identified two persons who first uploaded the video that went viral over social networking sites. The supposed source of the video was elusive and claimed that somebody just placed it on an external drive. The …

  • Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together
    Couple married 67 years holds hands in final hours together

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — After spending 67 years together as devoted husband and wife, there was no question how Floyd and Violet Hartwig would end their lives — together. …

  • How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say
    How Islamic is Islamic State group? Not very, experts say

    CAIRO (AP) — Three British schoolgirls believed to have gone to Syria to become "jihadi" brides. Three young men charged in New York with plotting to join the Islamic State group and carry out attacks on American soil. A masked, knife-wielding militant from London who is the face of terror in videos showing Western hostages beheaded. …

POLL

Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Loading...
Poll Choice Options