MANILA (13-Jan-2013/PNA) – Tropical Depression “Bising” has maintained its strength as it moves northward and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday afternoon, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Forecaster Manny Mendoza said as of 4 a.m. Sunday, tropical depression ‘Bising’ was located at 510 km East of Aparri, Cagayan (18.5°N, 127.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center.
Bising is forecast to move north at 24 kph with this speed, and is expected to be out of PAR by afternoon towards Japan.
He added that Bising will not make a landfall but it might intensify into a storm or even into a typhoon but outside the Philippine territory.
Mendoza also said “Bising” is expected to be at 660 km northeast of Aparri, Cagayan by Monday morning and 180 km east of Okinawa Japan or outside the PAR by Monday afternoon.
Bising is expected to bring cloudy skies with occasional light to moderate rains over Bicol region and Samar provinces while Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera and Ilocos regions will be cloudy with light rains.
Weather condition will improve Sunday as Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy skies with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.
In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the north to northwest will prevail over Luzon and from the west to southwest over the Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be moderate coming from the west to northwest with moderate seas.
PAGASA also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind associated with the surge of northeasterly to northerly surface wind flow enhanced by Tropical Depression “Bising”. It is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the Eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.
”Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” PAGASA said. (PNA)