TS Kai-Tak (Helen) Afternoon Update August 15, 2012

Latest Public Storm Warning Signal from PAGASA (As of 5pm today):

Signal #2: Batanes-Calayan-Babuyan Groups of Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Apayao, Abra

Signal #1: Isabela, Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, La Union, Pangasinan

Areas under Signal #2 will continue to have winds of up to 100kph. Signal #1 will have winds of up to 60kph. These areas will continue to experience widespread light to moderate rains in the next 12 to 24 hours. Some places across Northern Luzon are already reporting amounts of 100 to 200mm; up to 100mm of rain is still possible tonight and into tomorrow.

Latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Kai-Tak (Bagyong Helen) as it exits into the waters of South China Sea after making landfall in Cagayan earlier this morning. TS Kai-Tak made landfall near the Cagayan/Isabela Border earlier this morning. It then moved across Cagayan, passing near Aparri, before crossing into Ilocos Norte and finally heading out to sea. (Kudos to PAGASA and our very own Meteorologist Robert Speta for forecasting a landfall 24 hours out). Right now, the convection associated with the storm continues to impact much of Northern and Central Luzon bringing rains of up to 200mm in some areas. Furthermore, the storm is also starting to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) bringing rains across Southern Luzon including Metro Manila. Unfortunately, rains will linger for much of Luzon in the next two days at least while the weather in Visayas and Mindanao will be fair. Kai-Tak/Helen will continue to move west northwestward, perhaps intensifying into a Typhoon tomorrow.

TS Kai-Tak is forecast to make landfall near Hong Kong as early as tomorrow evening! Hong Kong Observatory could issue Standby Signal No. 1 tonight and could upgrade the warnings tomorrow morning. Please continue to check HKO and CMA for the latest warnings in your respective areas.

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Subic Radar from ClimateX


Here’s the latest screenshot from Subic Radar courtesy of ClimateX. Batch of light to moderate rains are impacting Central and Southern Luzon. Places here have reported anywhere between 50 to 100mm. The rains are certainly not as widespread and heavy compared to the past couple of weeks. However, as Kai-Tak continues to move northwestward, it will continue enhancing the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) bringing more rains across the western sections of Luzon. Continue to monitor the news for the latest developments and warnings in your area, especially if you reside along waterways and major rivers such as the Marikina River. Visayas and Mindanao, on the other hand, will have fair weather in the next few days with only isolated thunderstorms to really worry about. For the latest radar images, as well as rainfall forecasts for your area, please visit PAGASA’S Project NOAH

Keep it here at Western Pacific Weather for the latest updates on Tropical Storm Kai-Tak. If you have any storm reports, images or videos, or if you simply have a question or comments, please email us at philippineweather@yahoo.com

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

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