PAGASA: Hinnamnor might merge with Gardo as it enters PAR

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Tropical Depression Gardo maintains strength while moving northwestward east of extreme Northern Luzon. It is expected to merge with Hinnamnor once it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility.(PHOTO: DOST-PAGASA)
Tropical Depression Gardo maintains strength while moving northwestward east of extreme Northern Luzon. (PHOTO: DOST-PAGASA)

Super typhoon Hinnamnor – currently outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) – and tropical depression Gardo may possibly merge in the next few days, causing strong winds brought about by habagat (southwest monsoon), according to weather forecasts by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Hinnamnor is moving southwestward at 30kph and is expected to enter PAR by Wednesday (Aug 31) night where it will be assigned the domestic name “Henry”, PAGASA said.

In its 11 am tropical cyclone advisory on Wednesday, PAGASA located the super typhoon 980 kilometers east northeast of extreme northern Luzon packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kph with gustiness of up to 240 kph.

Meanwhile, tropical depression Gardo was estimated 1,140 km east of extreme northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph. Gardo is moving Northeastward at 10kph, said PAGASA.

Yung interaction po nila is posible pong mas lalaki ang radius o ‘yung diameter ng bagyong si Hinnamnor na magiging si bagyong si Henry. So mas lalakas din po ito at mas mag-eenhance po siya ng habagat,” PAGASA weather specialist Ana Clauren said in a press briefing.

(Their interaction may enlarge the radius or diameter of Super Typhoon Hinnamnor, which will be named Henry domestically. So it will gain strength and further enhance the southwest monsoon).

While both weather disturbances are not expected to hit land, weather events might raise a tropical cyclone wind signal over extreme Northern Luzon in the next few days according to PAGASA.

“‘HINNAMNOR’ may reach a peak intensity of 205 km/h within 24 hours before gradually weakening as it enters its quasi-stationary phase. This tropical cyclone may be downgraded to typhoon category by Friday afternoon or evening,” the state weather bureau said.

Additionally, light to moderate heavy rains associated with the outermost rainbands of the super typhoon may affect Extreme Northern Luzon beginning on Thursday (Sep 1) or Friday (Sep 2).

“Furthermore, this tropical cyclone may enhance the southwest Monsoon and bring monsoon rains over the western section of Luzon beginning on Friday,” PAGASA said.

The weather bureau advised the public to continue monitoring for updates on the tropical cyclone.

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