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PAGASA Weather Forecast: Tropical Storm Helen Accelerated, To Make Landfall Over The Isabela-Cagayan Area

By on Aug 14, 2012 in Asia, Weather, World Comments

Tropical Storm Helen has accelerated as it is expected to make landfall over the Isabela-Cagayan area, PAGASA Weather Bulletin Number 9 issued at 9:30 pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2012 said.

According to the bulletin, TS Helen‘s center was located at 120 km east southeast of Tuguegarao City. It moves west northwest at 17 kph. It has gustiness of up to 100 kph and maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center.

Helen Satellite Image as of 9:32pm August 14, 2012
Satellite Image of Helen as of 9:32 pm, August 14, 2012

Public storm warning signals have been raised on the following areas:

Signal No. 2 (61-100 kph winds)

  • Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands
  • Isabela
  • Northern Aurora
  • Quirino
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Benguet
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Batanes Group of Islands

Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds)

  • Nueva Ecija
  • Pangasinan
  • Tarlac
  • La Union
  • Rest of Aurora

The following advisories are included in the weather bulletin:

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Tropical Storm “HELEN” will enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas especially over the Western section.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 20 – 35 mm per hour (intense – torrential) within 500 km diameter of Tropical Storm.

Moderate to heavy rains (7.5 – 10.0 mm/hr) in Quezon province, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Metro Manila becoming intermittent light to moderate rains (2.5 – 7.5 mm/hr) over the rest of Central and Southern Luzon.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas due to Tropical Storm “HELEN” and the Southwest Monsoon.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 AM tomorrow.

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