'Paolo' slightly accelerates, to exit PAR Saturday-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
MANILA -- Tropical Depression "Paolo" has slightly accelerated while moving west northwest and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday, the state weather bureau said.
Weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said Paolo will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Mindoro provinces and northern Palawan.
Meanwhile, most of the country will continue to experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, Paolo, carrying maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph), was located at 290 kilometers (km) west of Iba, Zambales.
Quitlong said the tropical depression will remain off the West Philippine Sea until it exits the country by Saturday or Sunday heading toward Vietnam.
It is forecast to be at 445 km west of Iba, Zambales by Saturday morning and is expected to be out of the country or at 610 km west of Iba, Zambales by Sunday.
With its westward track, Paolo is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country. However, it may intensify, enhancing again the southwest monsoon and will bring rains over Central Luzon.
Paolo is the second cyclone to enter the country this month and the 16th for the year.
Quitlong said a new weather disturbance, which is still outside the country, has a high chance of developing into a tropical depression.
He said the low pressure area was spotted 980 km east of Northern Mindanao. Once it intensifies into tropical depression, it will be locally named Quedan. (PNA/Sunnex)