Storm 'Ramil' slightly intensifies

October 16, 2009 9:48 am 

By Mediatrix P. Cristobal

MANILA, Oct. 16 — Tropical storm 'Ramil' (international name Lupit) slightly gained strength as it enters the Philippine territory Friday evening, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services (Pagasa).

Robert Sawi, Pagasa weather forecasting division chief, said that as of 4 p.m. today, Ramil churned the Pacific at 95 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of 120 kph.

Storm Ramil was spotted 1,130 kms east of Bicol region and moving west northwest at 32 kph.

"It (Ramil) is still very far to directly affect any part of the country," Sawi said.

Good weather, except for afternoon rains, can be expected in most parts of the country until Tuesday next week.

The cyclone, being over the sea, may further intensify in the coming days, he said.

Meanwhile Pagasa hydrologist Socrates Paat Jr. said major dams definitely would release water during an event of cyclones and heavy rainfall.

San Roque Dam in San Manuel, Pangasinan and Angat Dam in Bulacan may open more gates should 'Ramil' dump rains in their respective stations.

However, no major flooding was seen to occur as 'Ramil' makes a landfall and promptly exits the country.

"As long as hindi ito magiging stationary, hindi ito magbibigay ng maraming ulan, (As long as it does not become stationary,it won't dump heavy rains)," Paat said.

Angat’s current water level of 212 meters has breached its maximum capacity, according to Paat.

To prevent the dam from breaking, 400 cubic meters (m3s) of water per second is being released in a controlled manner from the reservoir’s gate, he said.

San Roque also releases 600 m3s of water per second because the dam's water level has exceeded by 4.7 meters above the normal capacity.

"No major flooding is seen for now," Paat said.

Angat and Agno Rivers can accommodate 2,000 m3s per second and 2,500 m3s per second spillage, respectively. (PNA)

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