Pagasa: ‘Henry’ to skip Philippines

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Tropical Storm Henry, the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year, is not going to make a landfall in the country's territory, the state weather bureau in Northern Mindanao said Thursday.

“He will not make a landfall anymore. Probably, he is going to land in Taiwan area of responsibility,” said weather specialist Joeffry Frivaldo of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) in Northern Mindanao.

As of 4 p.m. Friday, Henry was located 860 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, with sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It was forecast to move northwest at nine kph, causing no interaction with Glenda, which is already miles away.

“He is stationary, no movement gyud siya because he is pushed in a northwest direction by the southwest monsoon (‘habagat’) and, at the same time, Glenda’s force in the western part of the Philippine area of responsibility,” Frivaldo said.

Tropical Storm Henry in Philippines
Satellite image (Source: Pagasa)


Although Henry will not make landfall, Mindanao is still set to experience intermittent rains in late afternoons toward the evening because of the habagat, Pagasa said.

It said Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.

"Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to south will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the Southwest to West with slight to moderate seas," said the weather bureau.

Aside from being the eighth tropical cyclone to enter PAR this year, Henry is the third storm to enter the Philippine territory this month.

July is expected to receive at least three tropical storms since it goes with a pattern, Frivaldo said.

“It is really in the month of July that we get to have numerous tropical storms because it is in these months that the Pacific Ocean gets warm. It is a pattern already,” he said.

Mindanao is said to be safe from June to September, while in the late months of the year, tropical storms, even typhoons, will be experienced in the island.

Global warming is seen as a contributing factor to many incoming storms in the country.

“Although we are not the main contributors to global warming but we are the immediate recipient of the powerful storms created in the Pacific Ocean,” Frivaldo said.

He added that there is a rising of the sea level, which is a sign for the warming of the ocean that will cause frequent storms.

In a phone interview Friday evening, Edmundo Pacamalan Jr., provincial administrator and head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), said that with or without the storm, their office is already prepared.

“We have a 24/7 monitoring system both in the Capitol, our first command center, and Gingoog City, our second one. That is really the protocol,” Pacamalan said.

The second command center will monitor the eastern part of Misamis Oriental once the storm will enter the Surigao areas.

During the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) and due to a high tide, 27 houses in Misamis Oriental were recorded damaged by the PDRRMO.

To avoid any disasters, PDRRMO has its activation centers that will keep monitoring the weather activity for the entire duration.

Pagasa said another tropical cyclone called "Inday" has been emerging in the Pacific Ocean. (Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro/Sunnex)

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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