'Labuyo' enters RP

September 2, 2009 11:50 am 

MANILA, Sept. 2 — A new tropical depression entered the country Wednesday afternoon, hence, rains may be expected in most parts of the country, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 4:55 p.m., "Labuyo" was spotted 800 kms East of Northern Luzon, with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West slowly.

Labuyo will enhance the Southwest Monsoon and bring occasional rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, it said.

Meanwhile, the Pagasa has issued warning to the shipping industry against rough sea conditions especially along the coasts of Visayas and Mindanao.

"Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," it said.

Labuyo is the 12th storm to enter the country this year.

September is still considered as peak of southwest monsoon season, where increased number of tropical cyclones usually enters the country and wreak devastation. (PNA)

LAP/vcs/MPC

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