Tropical Depression on course to run over the Philippines

Good afternoon from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Tropical Depression “Urduja” (PAGASA’s nomenclature) is continuing to churn east of Mindanao in the Philippines. While it is not a tropical storm as of this posting, it is expected to become one likely within 24-36 hours. As the storm moves to the north and west, it will only enhance the significant precipitation that Visayas and Mindanao have already seen since Monday. Flooding will continue to be a part of the story along with heavy rainfall, especially for the central areas of the Philippines for the rest of this week.

As the system is likely to intensify as it approaches the islands, expect the impact of the storm to stretch as far north as Manila and Luzon. The intensity depends on the development and the intensification, but at the moment, expect sustained rainfall for the latter half of this week with increasing intensity going toward Friday and the weekend. The peak for heavy rain is likely Saturday for central and southern Philippines and Sunday to Monday for the northern areas of the Philippines.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

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About Jonathan Oh

Jonathan Oh is a meteorologist on Western Pacific Weather and appearing on NHK World. Jonathan has been working in the field for more than 10 years with a focus on broadcast, radar, and computer model forecasting. He is currently based in Tokyo, Japan.

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