'Nando' now a tropical storm-A A +A
Monday, August 26, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression "Nando" has intensified into tropical storm as it continues to move northwest, while public storm warning signal 1 was hoisted over six areas.
As of 4 p.m. Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) spotted Nando at 270 kilometers (km) east of Casiguran, Aurora.
The storm is moving northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center.
Placed under public storm warning signal 1 were Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Apayao, and Isabela.
Pagasa said Nando is expected to be at 160 km southeast of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday afternoon and at 420 km north by Thursday afternoon.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 10-20 millimeters (mm) per hour (heavy-intense) within the 400 km diameter of the storm.
Pagasa also said the skies of Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Aurora will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Metro Manila, Quirino, Isabela and Nueva Vizcaya, the rest of Central Luzon, Mimaropa, Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula, Caraga, and Northern Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, Pagasa added.
The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, the state weather bureau said. (Sunnex)