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Kai-tak (Urduja) still dragging its feet, signal alerts expanding into Mindanao

Good afternoon from the Western Pacific Weather team.

Tropical Storm Kai-tak (Urduja) continues to slowly drift north and west, dumping most of the heaviest rainfall east of Visayas but bringing plenty of precipitation into the region nevertheless. The general track of the system has not changed significantly. Over the weekend, expect the rain to be heaviest in the central Philippines with winds gusting up to 126 kilometers per hour.

PAGASA has expanded the signal alerts to include portions of Mindanao at level 1. While not significant at this level, do expect to see some rough surf and a stiff breeze over the next 48 hours.

Here are the current alerts in place as of 14:00 Philippine Standard Time on 15 December 2017 from PAGASA:

Level #2 – Visayas: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran
Level #1 –
Luzon: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Romblon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
Visayas: Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, Capiz, Aklan, and Northern Iloilo
Mindanao: Dinagat Islands

The greatest risk for this system will be the intense rainfall. The current trends might keep the maximum amounts at or below 500 millimeters over the next few days, but isolated areas could also exceed that amount. Please make sure to be aware of the weather situation, particularly for those in Visayas as you will be dealing with the greatest extent of the precipitation. Winds will also be strong for the region as gusts will possibly exceed severe tropical storm-force levels.

Jonathan Oh
Meteorologist, Western Pacific Weather

20171215 Kai-tak Track

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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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