New storm 'Glenda' enters PAR

Posted at 07/13/14 6:29 PM

MANILA – (UPDATE 2) The state weather bureau is monitoring Tropical Storm "Glenda" (international name: Tropical Storm Rammasun) after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday night.

PAGASA forecaster Glaiza Escullar told dzMM that "Glenda" entered PAR earlier than expected as it is now moving faster westward at 30 kilometers per hour (kph).

The storm was last spotted at 1,100 kilometers east of Legaspi City.

"Glenda" maintained its strength, carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph.

"Based on the track, bukas po, maybe on the afternoon or evening—depende po sa bilis ng bagyong ito—ay maaaring makapaglabas na ng public storm warning signal sa ilang bahagi ng bansa, particularly over some areas in Southern Luzon and Central Luzon," said Escullar.

PAGASA said "Glenda" is expected to make landfall in Quezon province on Wednesday morning. However, it will already bring rains over Bicol on Tuesday morning.

If it continues its track, the storm could affect Metro Manila on Wednesday before it exits PAR on Thursday.

There is also a possibility that the storm will intensify into a typhoon, especially now that it is still over water, PAGASA said.

PAGASA added that the storm will bring rains of up to 15 millimeters per hour or heavy rainfall within its 400 km diameter.

"Glenda" is the seventh storm to enter PAR this year and the second in July after Typhoon Florita (international name: Neoguri).