PAGASA monitors new storm in West PH Sea

Posted at 06/18/12 10:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines – A new storm may pass by the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) this week, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday.

PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said the storm was spotted off the coast of China, near the West Philippine Sea.

Loiz said the storm is expected to enter PAR briefly before heading towards Taiwan. He said the storm will be named “Carina” once it enters Philippine territory.

“Tropical storm na siya. Tapos, binabaybay niya ang coastal areas ng China. Inaasahan na papasok ito ng PAR pero sandali lang. Dadaan lang ito [sa bansa] kasi sa Taiwan, abot pa kasi yung PAR line doon,” Loiz told Mornings@ANC.

Loiz said the new storm is pulling typhoon “Butchoy” out of the country, thereby lessening the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat).

“Ang tropical storm sa West Philippine Sea, blessing in disguise iyan. Yung kaulapan na mahahatak ni Butchoy, nakukuha po niya. So na-lessen na ‘yung intensity ng southwest msonoon sa ating bansa,” Loiz said.

As of 4 a.m., “Butchoy” was spotted 470 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes.

It was moving northward at 22 kilometers per hour (kph). It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Monday night.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gusts of up to 220 kph.

It will be 120 kilometers south of Okinawa, Japan; or 670 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes by Monday evening.

Loiz said PAGASA is monitoring the potential formation of a weather disturbance east of Mindanao.

He, however, said it is unlikely that a new storm forms in the area as the recent typhoon “Butchoy” had cooled down the sea surface temperature.