Typhoon "Julian" enters PHL Thursday as "Igme" exits to Taiwan

August 22, 2012 10:40 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Aug. 22 — The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a new typhoon, with international code name "Beloven," is expected to enter the country by Thursday morning.

This as typhoon "Igme" slightly weakened Wednesday and continued to move towards Taiwan.

PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that typhoon Igme (international name: Tembin) was expected to be out of the country Thursday afternoon and make landfall in Taiwan.

Quitlong said that typhoon "Bolaven" with maximum winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph was located at 1,470 km east of extreme Northern Luzon.

He said that once Bolaven entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it will be locally named as "Julian," the country's 10th tropical cyclone this year.

He said the chance that the two cyclones would interact with each other (“Fujiwhara effect” or “dumbbell effect”) inside the Philippines was slim since the distances between the two cyclones were too far from each other.

The Fujiwhara effect is characterized by two cyclones orbiting each other.

Quitlong said that typhoon Julian has a small chance to make a landfall but it would likely pass near Northern Luzon on a path different from Igme's. Julian is expected to move northwest towards South Korea or Japan and out of PAR by Saturday or Sunday.

However, he noted that “Julian” is still expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will induce occasional light to moderate rains in Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas, particularly over its western section, while it hovers inside the PAR.

Meanwhile, Quitlong said that as of 4 p.m. Wednesday typhoon Igme was estimated at 290 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.6°N, 124.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 7 kph towards Taiwan.

“Igme” is expected to reach 260 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes, which is already outside the PAR on Thursday afternoon, said Quitlong.

Public storm warning signal number 2 was raised over Batanes Group of Islands as these areas will experience 61 to 100 kph winds within the next 24 hours, Quitlong said.

PAGASA said estimated rainfall amount within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon is from 10 mm to 20 mm per hour, which is classified as “moderate-heavy.”

PAGASA said the island of Batanes would experience stormy weather with its coastal waters becoming rough to very rough.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. (PNA)



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