TS “Helen” exits PHL, southwest monsoon still brings rains in Luzon, Visayas–PAGASA

August 16, 2012 9:27 am 

MANILA, Aug.16 – -Tropical storm “Helen” (Kai-Tak) has left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is no longer a threat to the country but it will continue to experience rains due to the southwest monsoon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Thursday.

Weather Forecaster Bernie De Leon said "Helen"has accelerated further as it moves away from the country towards southern China . He added that as of now, there is no weather disturbance near the Philippine territory.

“Before 3 a.m. lumakas at lumabas na ito ng bansa patungong southern China. So far, wala tayong nakikitang low pressure area na papasok pero may namomonitor mga kaulapan sa labas ng PAR,” De Leon said.

He said the weather is expected to improve over the weekend but it will still be rainy in Luzon, including Metro Manila and Western Visayas, as the southwest monsoon continues to affect these areas.

“Inaasahan natin mag- improve ang ating weather then may mararanasan pa rin tayong pag-ulan dulot ng habagat pero hindi na kasing dalas, lakas at lawak ng pag-ulan sa kasagsagan ni Helen sa ngayong araw na ito at sa mga susunod pang araw,” De Leon added.

As of 4 a.m. Thursday, PAGASA said that "Helen" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 290 km west northwest of Laoag City (19.1°N 117.7°E)

"Helen" maintained its strength at 85 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 100 kph. It picked up speed and is now traveling west northwest at 24 kph.

"All public storm signals have now been lowered," PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, the rainfall advisory over Metro Manila has also been terminated but light to moderate rains could still be expected in the coming hours, the weather agency said.

In its advisory, PAGASA said the western section of Luzon will experience occasional to frequent rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides while the rest of Luzon and Western Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and Western Visayas and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

PAGASA also said a strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and Western Visayas.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves, it said. (PNA) FPV/CLTC

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