Archive | July, 2012

Severe Tropical Storm Saola (Gener) and Damrey Afternoon Video Update

This is our latest Video Update on the two systems we’re watching in the Western Pacific. Severe Tropical Storm Saola (Bagyong Gener) continues to gather strength as it meanders north of Luzon. It was last located 300km east of Basco, Batanes or about 640km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan. While JMA has kept Saola’s intensity at Severe Tropical Storm strength, JTWC has gone ahead and upgrade the system to a Typhoon. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Damrey continues to slowly move towards the Ogasawara Islands. It remains a weak tropical storm but is still expected to gradually intensify in the next few days. Damrey is forecast to brush Southern Kyushu later this week.

The video gives analysis and forecasts for both systems and updates on Saola’s effects in Luzon. Furthermore, we briefly discuss the effects of a low pressure area that moved across Manila last night. Unfortunately, more rains could be on the way here. Please note that we are not an official forecasting agency and we urge you to continue monitoring the news and your country’s weather bureau for the latest updates on the storm. Especially in the Philippines for any school cancellations, flight delays, road closures, floods, and landslides.

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-WxCaster PAT

Tropical Storm Saola (Gener) Afternoon Video Update

This is our afternoon Video Update on Tropical Storm Saola (Bagyong Gener) which was last located approximately 280km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes. Signal Warning #1 has now been issued by PAGASA for Isabela, Cagayan, Calayan, Batanes, and Babuyan Group of Islands in anticipation of the storm. While the core of the storm is offshore, feeder bands are bringing widespread rains across Visayas and Northern Mindanao with amounts of up to 80mm recorded in many areas in the past 24 hours.

These rains will slowly move towards Southern and Central Luzon. Saola is forecast to continue moving to the northwest but is not expected to make landfall in Luzon. It could still move close enough to bring strong winds and heavy rain especially on the eastern part of Luzon. Current forecasts are taking Saola towards Taiwan by early next week as a possible Typhoon.

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-WxCaster PAT

Severe Tropical Storm Vicente Afternoon Video Update

Here is our latest update on Vicente (Formerly Bagyong Ferdie). The storm has moved closer to Hong Kong and forecast tracks are now taking Vicente much closer to the city-state than before. Vicente is now located approximately 200km south southeast of Hong Kong, maximum sustained winds are now at 100kph with gusts of up to 130kph; JTWC, on the other hand, has already gone ahead and upgraded Vicente to a Typhoon. Already, outer bands are affecting Hong Kong and nearby areas. Furthermore, winds of up to 65kph are already being recorded in the region. Vicente will move closer tonight and is forecast to keep intensifying, before making landfall tomorrow afternoon in Guangdong Province in Southern China.

Also included in the update is Invest 93W near Palau which could become a cyclone in the next few days, and finally we take a quick look at the status of SW Monsoon in the Philippines.

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Please continue checking out your country’s weather bureau for the latest and OFFICIAL forecasts and warnings for your area. Specifically for Hong Kong, you can visit HKO for the latest warnings, observations, and radar imagery in the area. To access HKO’s website, please click HERE

Stay safe everyone!

-WxCaster PAT

Tropical Depression 09W (Ferdie) Afternoon Update

Here is our latest video update on Tropical Depression 09W (Bagyong Ferdie) which is now moving into the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. The system is forecast to stay south of Hong Kong tomorrow and will head towards the Guangzhou Province in China and possibly towards Vietnam by early next week.

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Even though the system is moving away from Luzon, Signal #1 remains in effect for Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and Abra. Furthermore, the continued enhancement of the SW Monsoon is bringing light to moderate rains across many parts of Luzon, Palawan, and Visayas. Areas in Central and Southern Luzon, including Manila, have already recorded more than 100mm in the past 24 hours and more could be on the way tonight. Fortunately, as 09W moves to the west, we expect the SW Monsoon to gradually weaken leading to drier weather in the next few days.

Please continue monitoring your country’s weather bureau (HKO, PAGASA, JMA, etc) for the latest warnings and forecasts for our area. Stay safe!