‘Henry’ now a typhoon-A A +A
Sunday, July 20, 2014
MANILA (Updated) – Tropical Storm Henry (international name: Matmo), the eighth tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this year, has strengthened into a typhoon on Saturday.
The eye of Typhoon Henry was located at 470 kilometers (km) east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 10 p.m. Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its latest weather bulletin.
It has maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph.
Typhoon Henry is expected to be at 370 km east of Virac, Catanduanes by Sunday evening and at 260 km East of Casiguran, Aurora by Monday evening.
By Tuesday evening, it is expected to be at 60 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 millimeter per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 500 km diameter of the Typhoon.
Henry is expected to bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Eastern Visayas, Dinagat and Siargao Island and over the province of Surigao del Norte. Residents in these areas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao.
The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council are also advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 a.m. Sunday. (Sunnex)