TD 'Paolo' maintains strength, moves westward slowly

September 27, 2013 9:59 am 

MANILA, Sept. 27 — Tropical Depression "Paolo" maintain its strength as it continues to move slowly and enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas, the state weather forecaster said on Friday.

PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 a.m. Paolo was located at 240 km west of Subic, Zambales (15.1°N,117.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and forecast to move West slowly.

He said no storm signal warning has been raised since the cyclone was too far to directly affect any part of the country.

With its westward track, Aurelio said “Paolo” is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country since it was already moving away from the Philippines.

If it maintains its speed and direction, Aurelio said “Paolo” will just remain off the West Philippine Sea until it exits the country Saturday or Sunday heading towards Vietnam.

He said they still expect “Paolo” to further intensify before it exits the Philippine territory.

“Paolo” is the second cyclone to visit the country this month and the 16th for this year.

Meanwhile, Aurelio said that they spotted a new weather disturbance still outside the country.

Aurelio said that a low pressure area (LPA) spotted 980 km east of Northern Mindanao (9.5°N,136.0°E).

He added that the LPA has no effect the country yet but has high chance to develop into tropical cyclone.

Once it intensify into tropical depression inside the country it will be locally name Quedan, the 17th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.

PAGASA expects three to four cyclones to affect the country this month of September.

Aurelio also noted that "Paolo" will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon until Saturday that will bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains over the western section of Luzon, becoming moderate to occasionally heavy in the provinces of Mindoro and Northern Palawan, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Bicol Region, Calabarzon, rest of Mimaropa, Eastern Visayas and Eastern Mindanao, on the other hand, he said will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains due to a “weaker” southwest monsoon.

He noted that the rest of Mindanao will also experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of a monsoon trough.

The rest of the Visayas, he added will be partly cloudy to cloudy with possible thunderstorm rains mostly in the afternoon or evening. (PNA)

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