'Basyang' to make landfall Tuesday night, says PAGASA

July 12, 2010 10:36 pm 

By Modesto Antonio G. Ibarra

MANILA, July 12 – The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical depression "Basyang" has intensified into tropical storm and expected to make a landfall Tuesday night over Isabela-Northern Aurora area.

Robert S. Sawi, Pagasa spokesperson, in a press briefing, said that as of 4 p.m. Monday, tropical storm "Basyang" was about 440- km East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes with a maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Public storm signal number one is hoisted in Cagayan, Isabela, Aurora, Quezon, including Polillo Island, Camarines Norte and Catanduanes.

Dr. Prisco D. Nilo, PAGASA administrator, said "Basyang", is expected to leave the country by Thursday afternoon, but the southwest monsoon might possibly triggers rainfall to remain in few days.

Nilo said that the PAGASA is closely monitoring the monsoon since it became dormant in the past few days as shown by infrequent rains.

He also clarified that the thunder and lightning being experienced on Monday was caused by the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (IPTZ).

In the same brieifing, Agham Partylist Rep. Angelo Palmones warned Metro Manilans, especially the children, not to play in the rain due to strong risk of being hit by lightning.

Nilo and Palmones expect that the rains carried by the storm will increase the water level at La Mesa Dam. (PNA) RMA/ogi

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