Tropical Depression Santi slightly intensifies, moves closer to Luzon-A A +A
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -- Tropical Depression Santi gained strength as it head toward Luzon Wednesday morning, state weather forecasters said.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Santi was seen at 560 km east of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 a.m.
Tropical Depression Santi had maximum winds of 55 kph and is forecast to move west-northwestward at 9 kph. It is the 19th cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility for this year.
"Tropical Depression Santi is expected to be at 370 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Thursday morning and at 400 km east of Infanta, Quezon by Friday morning. By Saturday morning, it is expected to be at 190 km east of Baler, Aurora," Pagasa said.
Santi carried moderate to intense rainfall within its 300 km diameter, Pagasa also said. But state weather forecasters said it will not yet affect any part of the country.
"Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon," said Pagasa.
For Wednesday, Pagasa said Mimaropa, Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms due to the Intertropical Convergence Zone.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon may have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)