Typhoon Santi slows down, another storm looms-A A +A
Saturday, October 12, 2013
MANILA -- Typhoon Santi (international name Nari) slightly slowed down as it moved away from the Philippines Saturday afternoon, while another cyclone was expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Monday.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that Santi was spotted at 200 km west of Iba, Zambales as of 4 p.m. and was moving west at 15 kph.
Santi packed winds of 120 kph near its center with gustiness of up to 150 kph. It was the 19th cyclone to enter PAR this year.
Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1 is still up over Bataan and Zambales. Residents in these areas should expect winds between 30 and 60 kph within the next 36 hours.
"Zambales and Bataan will have rain with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas," Pagasa said.
"Typhoon Santi is expected to be at 520 km West of Iba, Zambales or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday afternoon,"
Pagasa cautioned, "Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, western and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon and over the
western seaboard of Western Visayas."
Meanwhile, Pagasa also monitors another tropical storm with international name Wipha. It was estimated at 1,510 km east of Northern Luzon.
The storm is expected to enter PAR by Monday morning and will be called Tropical Storm Tino. It will be the 20th cyclone to enter PAR in 2013.
Pagasa also said that Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Zamboanga peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
"The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms," Pagasa said. (SFP/Sunnex)