Nando moves away from Philippines-A A +A
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
MANILA (Updated)-- Tropical Storm Nando slightly slowed down and intensified as it moves northward at 15 kilometers per hour (kph), away from the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 11:00 a.m. forecast Wednesday.
As of 10:00 a.m., Nando was estimated to be at 120 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. The tropical storm packs wind of 95 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 120 kph.
Pagasa said Nando is expected to be 420 km north of Basco, Batanes Thursday morning and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Meanwhile, Batanes group of islands remain under Public Storm Warning Signal Number 2. This area should expect winds between 61 to 100 kph. The groups of islands of Calayan and Babuyan remain under Signal Number 2. These areas continue to experience winds between 45 and 60 kph.
Batanes should expect stormy weather throughout the day, with rough to very rough seas. On the other hand, the Babuyan and Calayan groups of islands should expect rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas, Pagasa said.
Nando continues to pour heavy to intense rainfall of about 10 to 25 mm within its 400 km diameter.
"Residents of areas under Public Storm Warning Signals Number 2 and 1 as well as those living in the Ilocos Region and Cordillera are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under storm signal # 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa said.
"The tropical storm continues to strengthen the Southwest Monsoon which will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rain and thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon," it added.
Pagasa cautioned that sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon.
On the other hand, Zambales, the regions of Ilocos and Cordillera should expect cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms that may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The skies of Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be cloudy, with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms. Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Pagasa also issued a gale warning over the eastern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon due to the surge of the Southwest Monsoon. (Sunnex)