(Weather Update) ‘Domeng’ exits; sighted LPA expected to develop into a tropical cyclone within 24-48 hrs.

August 6, 2010 8:35 am 

MANILA, Aug. 5 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), in an update issued Thursday, said that as of 4:00 p.m., tropical depression "Domeng" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 140 km. northwest of Laoag City and is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) anytime Thursday night.

Robert S. Sawi, Pagasa Weather Division OIC and spokesman, said "Domeng" moves west at a speed of 19 kph with a maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center.

Meanwhile, Sawi said Pagasa is closely monitoring the Low Pressure Area at 930 kms. east of Northern Luzon which is expected to develop into a tropical cyclone within 24 – 48 hours and would bear the name, "Ester".

He said, though, that the LPA is almost stationary due to a high pressure weather system.

With the exit of "Domeng", public storm warning signal is lowered elsewhere.

However, the combined effect of TD "Domeng" and the LPA will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring rains over the country, particularly the western section.

On the other hand, Dr. Susan R. Espinueva, Pagasa deputy administrator, said the rains in the past few days barely raised the water level in Angat Dam which is at about 163 meters, still 17 meters short of the normal lavel of 180 meters.

She said the ongoing rains are minimal to fill up the Angat water level for now. (PNA)

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