Potential cyclone to enter PH in 24 hours

Posted at 07/17/2014 8:23 AM | Updated as of 07/17/2014 12:38 PM
PAGASA MTSAT image as of 04:32 a.m., 17 July 2014

MANILA – A potential cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) in 24 hours, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said the LPA was spotted 940 kilometers east of northern Mindanao as of 4 a.m.

PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the LPA has a high chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. The LPA will be locally code-named ''Henry'' once it intensifies into a cyclone within the PAR.

Escullar said the state weather bureau has no data yet on the possible track of the typhoon, but the US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said the LPA was moving westward at 2 knots (3.7 kilometers per hour).

The JTWC said the LPA was approximately 205 nautical miles (379.66 kilometers) northeast of Koror, Palau.

''The potential for the development of a significant tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours is high,'' the JTWC said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON and the Provinces of Mindoro, Palawan, La Union, Benguet, and Pangasinan will have occasional rains.

The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said typhoon ''Glenda,'' which ravaged Luzon and left at least 20 dead, was spotted 380 kms west southwest of Dagupan City.

Glenda was packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph and gusts of up to 160 kph.

All public storm warning signals have been lowered, but fishing boats and other small vessels are still advised not to venture out into the western seaboard of Visayas.

The typhoon is expected to exit PAR on Thursday morning.