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PAGASA Weather Forecast: Tropical Storm Helen Maintained Strength, Signal No. 2 Up On Cagayan And Isabela

By on Aug 13, 2012 in Asia, Weather, World Comments

Update (August 14, 11:00 am): Tropical Storm Helen Continues To Move Towards Northern Luzon, More Areas On Signal No. 2

According to PAGASA‘s latest weather forecast, Tropical Storm Helen has maintained its strength and increases its threat to Northern Luzon, with public storm warning signal number 2 now up on Isabela and Cagayan.

PAGASA Weather Bulletin Number 5 issued at 11:00 pm on Monday, August 13, 2012 said that Helen was located at 350 km east of Casiguran, Aurora as of 10:00 pm that day. It moves west at 15 kph.

Tropical Storm Helen As Of 10:32pm August 13, 2012
Satellite Image Of Tropical Storm Helen As Of 10:32pm August 13, 2012

Tropical Storm Helen has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is expected to be at 120 km east of Tuguegarao, Cagayan on Tuesday evening, the bulletin said.

The following areas have public storm warning signals:

Signal No. 2 (61-100 kph winds)

  • Isabela
  • Cagayan

Signal No. 1 (45-60kph winds)

  • Quirino
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Ifugao
  • Mt. Province
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Apayao
  • Babuyan
  • Calayan Grp. of Islands
  • Batanes Grp. of Islands

The following advisories have been posted by PAGASA on their latest 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” is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas especially over the Western section.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 – 35 mm per hour (heavy – torrential) within 400 km diameter of Tropical Storm.

Intermittent light to moderate rains (2.5 – 7.5 mm/hr) are now affecting Central and Southern Luzon becoming more frequent moderate to heavy rains (7.5 – 10.0 mm/hr) tonight over Camarines provinces, Quezon province, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales and Metro Manila.

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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