'Henry' slows down, maintains strength-A A +A
Sunday, July 20, 2014
MANILA -- Typhoon "Henry" (Matmo) slowed down slightly but maintained its course and intensity as it moves toward extreme northern Luzon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sunday.
In its weather bulletin, Pagasa said that as of 10 a.m. Sunday, the eye of the typhoon was located at 420 kilomters (km) east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.
Henry, the eighth storm to enter the Philippines this year, was packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph as of Sunday morning.
In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Jun Galang said Henry continues to move northwestward but decelerates its speed from 15 kph to 13 kph due to the ridge of high pressure area that prevents its fast movement.
Galang said the typhoon is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country. Henry is expected to be at 440 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Monday morning and will be out of the country by Wednesday as it heads toward Taiwan.
Pagasa said Bicol region and Visayas will be cloudy with moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
It added that Metro Manila, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, Caraga, Zamboanga peninsula and northern Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The agency advised fisherfolks and those with small sea crafts in the affected areas not to venture out over the eastern seaboard. (PNA/Sunnex)