‘Emong’ continues to gain strength as it moves east of Luzon

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MANILA, 17June2013 (PNA) – Tropical depression Emong has gained strength and continues to move towards the Bicol region, the state weather forecasters said on Monday.

Weather Forecaster Alvin Pura said as of 4 a.m., the center of Tropical Depression Emong was located at 300 km East of Virac, Catanduanes (13.7°N, 127.3°E) and continues to move north northwest at 13 kph.

Pura said Emong’s track will be go through the east of Luzon and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) By Thursday or Friday headed towards east of Taiwan.

Emong gained strength from 45 kph on Sunday evening to 55 kph on Monday morning, he said.

Pura said no storm warning signals have so far been raised but Emong since it is in the sea is expected to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 to 48 hours.

He added that Emong is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country but the agency continues to monitor it’s movement in the coming days.

Pura said Emong will enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring occasional moderate to heavy rains over Bicol Region, Visayas, Northern Mindanao and CARAGA, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Pura also said the agency is monitoring a cloud cluster hovering off the Pacific Ocean that may become an LPA by Friday.

“Itong minomonitor na cloud cluster ay nasa labas pa ng PAR inaasahan natin maging LPA sa mga susunod na araw na maaaring magbigay ng pag-ulan sa bansa sa darating na weekend,” Pura explained over the phone interview.

In its advisory, PAGASA said that Metro Manila and the regions of Ilocos, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), the provinces of Zambales and Bataan and the rest of Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to southeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the southwest to west over Visayas and Mindanao.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. (PNA)

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