Signal Alerts issued in central and northern Philippines due to TS Kai-tak (Urduja)

Good afternoon from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Tropical Storm Kai-tak (Urduja) has intensified and is slowly drifting to the south and west. The storm, because of the lack of forward momentum, will cause significant rainfall for central Philippines with additional impacts into both southern and northern areas of the country.

Here are the current PAGASA signal alerts as of 1500 Philippine Standard Time on 14 December 2017:

Signal 2: Visayas – Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran
Signal 1: Visayas – Northern Samar, Leyte, and Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island, Capiz, Aklan and Northern Iloilo; Luzon – Catanduanes, Camarines Sur,Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate and Romblon

The biggest threat with this system is the heavy rainfall. Some locations could see in excess of 500 mm of rainfall, leading to flooding and mudslides. Winds will be the strongest in Visayas and extending into Luzon. While Kai-tak is not expected to become a Severe Tropical Storm, it will likely intensify as the central area of the system prepares to run over land. The storm will not depart from the Philippines until at least Tuesday. Therefore, expect stormy conditions to last through the rest of this week into the first part of next week.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

20171214 TS Kai-tak

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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