MANILA, 18June2013 (PNA) – Flashflood and landslides threaten parts of Luzon and Visayas due to southwest monsoon or habagat which is enhance by tropical storm Emong, the state weather forecaster said on Tuesday afternoon.
In an interview, weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said that tropical storm “Emong” maintains strength and continues to enhance southwest monsoon that will bring cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains over Luzon including Metro Manila, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Bicol region and the Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Fabregas said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday Emong was located at 470 km East of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan (18.1°N, 126.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move North at 19 kph.
He added that Emong has little chance to make landfall in any part of the country and the projections still indicate Emong may leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday towards Japan.
In separate interview, weather observer Elvira Enriquez said that with the dissipation of a low pressure area (LPA) near Mindanao will ease the downpour of rains all over the country Tuesday.
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),” she said.
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 on Monday evening.
PAGASA said Emong was moving north at 19 kph and is forecast to be 470 km east of Basco, Batanes Wednesday morning, and 830 km northeast of Basco, Batanes and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility Thursday morning.
While no public storm warning signals have been raised, PAGASA said Emong may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 400-km diameter.
PAGASA also said that the rest of the country will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added that moderate to strong winds coming from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough. (PNA)