Update: 'Pablo' weakens further into tropical depression

December 9, 2012 2:13 pm 

MANILA, Dec. 9 — Tropical storm "Pablo" weakened further into a tropical depression as it remained almost stationary west of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte at mid-morning Sunday, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that as of 9 a.m. Sunday, tropical depression "Pablo" was located at 80 kilometers west of Laoag City (18.3°N, 119.7°E) with its wind strength of 95 kilometer per hour earlier on Sunday morning down to 55 kph.

Weather Observer Nelson Diamela said that Pablo did not make landfall but it weakened due to the northeast monsoon.

Diamela also said that Pablo is expected to move on an east-northeast direction slowly and to dissipate within the next 12 hours.

Meanwhile, PAGASA has maintained public storm warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds) over Ilocos Norte, Babuyan group of island and Apayao. Storm signals earlier hoisted over other areas in Northern Luzon had been lowered.

Weathermen said Pablo may bring rainfall of 5 to 10 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 300-km diameter.

PAGASA advised owners of fishing boats and other sea vessels not to venture out into the seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon. (PNA)

SCS/CLTC

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