ALPA turns into tropical depression 'Helen' – PAGASA

August 13, 2012 10:51 am 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Aug. 12 — The active low pressure area (ALPA) spotted east of Northern Luzon has developed into a tropical depression and was named "Helen", the 8th to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this year, the state weather bureau said on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said as of 4 p.m. Sunday, "Helen" was estimated at 750 kms east of Casiguran, Aurora (16.7°N, 130.2°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kms per hour (kph) near the center.

PAGASA said "Helen" carries about 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy – intense) of rainfall within its 350-km diameter coverage.

The weather agency expects "Helen" to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, especially the western section.

Weather forecaster Gladys Saludes said as of now, "Helen" would not affect the country and is expected to be out in PAR by Thursday heading towards Taiwan.

“Si bagyong Helen sa ngayon wala pang direct effect sa bansa pero unti-unti mae-enhance na siya ng southwest monsoon o habagat, kung palalabas na ito patungong Taiwan.Expected to come out on Thursday dahil mabagal yung galaw kaya matatagalan,”she said.

She added that no storm signal warning was raised over the country.

"Helen" is seen to move west northwest at 11 kph and is expected to be at 550 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora on Monday afternoon.

It is expected to be at 410 km northeast of Casiguran on Tuesday afternoon and by Wednesday afternoon, it could be 300 kms north of Aparri, Cagayan. (PNA) RMA/CLTC

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