Alpa turns into tropical depression named 'Lawin'-A A +A
Thursday, September 20, 2012
MANILA -- The active low pressure area (ALPA) east of Southern Luzon intensified into a tropical depression Thursday afternoon and was named “Lawin,” according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.
Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that as of 4 p.m. Thursday, the tropical depression was estimated at 910 kilometers (km) east of Virac, Catanduanes and packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.
Cada said Lawin is still too far to affect any part of the country, but it will bring moderate to heavy rains (5 to 15 millimeters per hour) within its 300-km diameter.
He added that Lawin, based on their models, will not make landfall but the weather agency expects the tropical depression to intensify further in the coming days since it can still gain strength while hovering over the sea.
“Sa nakikita natin as of now, hindi ito magla-landfall pero magbibigay ito ng pag-ulan sa eastern section of Luzon at kung sakaling mag-landfall, maaapektuhan nito ang buong Luzon,” Cada explained.
He said Lawin is forecast to move westward at seven kph and is expected to be at 740 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Friday afternoon, 570 km east of Virac by Saturday afternoon, and 660 km east of Infanta, Quezon by Sunday afternoon. (PNA)