'Gener' to bring more rain for 5 days: PAGASA

Posted at 07/31/12 6:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – More rains and strong winds are expected to hit Luzon and Visayas although typhoon “Gener” is moving further away from the country, the state weather bureau said on Tuesday.

PAGASA’s senior weather forecaster Jori Loiz said inclement weather is expected in Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, La Union, Ilocos, Cordillera and the National Capital Region in the next five days due to the typhoon’s effect on the southwest monsoon.

A monsoon surge or sudden increase in wind speed is also expected in the coming days.

The typhoon, which continues to move northward at a speed of 7 kilometers per hour (kph), will bring stormy weather over extreme Northern Luzon.

Batanes under Signal No. 3

Public storm warning signal number 3 remains hoisted over the Batanes Group of Islands, where winds of 101-185 kph are being felt.

Signal No. 2 is up over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao remain under Signal No. 1.

Loiz said “Gener” is expected to weaken within the next 24 hours and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) either by late Wednesday or early Thursday.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Gener was spotted 250 kilometers (km) northeast of Basco, Batanes and is packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Heavy rainfall of 10 to 35 millimeters is expected within the typhoon’s 700 km diameter.

Sea travel is risky in the seaboard of Luzon and Visayas due to the combined effects of Gener and the southwest monsoon.

Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas are warned against possible flashfloods and landslides. Residents in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by Gener.

Loiz also said PAGASA is monitoring another weather disturbance east of the country, just outside the PAR.

Once it enters the PAR, the weather system will be named “Helen.”