‘Marce’ slightly weakens as it exits Philippines

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Friday, October 5, 2012

MANILA -- Tropical storm “Marce” has slightly weakened as it moves away from the country towards Vietnam, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

“Marce” took a “U-turn” Thursday moving westward.

Weather forecaster Lenny Ruiz said tropical storm Marce was moving 85 kilometers per hour (kph) on Thursday morning. The storm’s maximum sustained winds further declined to 75 kph in Friday morning while its gustiness also fell from 100 kph to 90 kph.

As of 4:00 a.m. Friday, Marce was located at 280 km west of Subic, Zambales (14.5°N, 117.4°E) as it continues to slowly move in a westward direction.

Ruiz said Marce maintained its slow movement, prolonging its stay in the country as the storm is now expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon or Sunday, instead of the earlier forecast of Friday.

He added that storm warning signal number 1 hoisted over Zambales and Bataan is now lifted.

Ruiz said the storm is not expected to make a landfall in any part of the country but will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon while it stays inside the PAR.

It is expected to bring light to heavy rains in many parts of the Luzon and Visayas, particularly in its western sections.

Metro Manila, on the other hand, Ruiz noted, will have passing light to moderate rains “due to the effects of the active southwest monsoon or localized thunderstorms.”

Pagasa said that those areas within the 500-km diameter of the tropical storm are expected to experience 10 to 25 mm per hour, which is classified as “heavy to intense.”

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the western seaboard of Luzon and Visayas due to big waves generated by Tropical Storm “Marce”.

In its advisory, Pagasa said Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan), Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will be cloudy with occasional moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Mindanao will have occasional light to moderate rains or thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over the Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley and Ilocos Region and coming from the southwest to south over the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest to west with slight to moderate seas.

The weather agency also issued gale warning as strong to gale force wind and will affect the western seaboard of Luzon and Visayas.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. (PNA)

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