High-pressure area slows down 'Gener'

Posted at 07/31/2012 8:09 AM | Updated as of 07/31/2012 6:23 PM
PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:32 A.M., 31 July 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A high-pressure area is preventing typhoon “Gener” from exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday.

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said the typhoon continues to move in a north northwest direction but a high-pressure area is preventing it from leaving PAR.

Gener was moving slowly at 7 kilometers per hour (kph), according to PAGASA.

“Bahagya siyang bumagal. From 11 naging 7 kph ang kanyang bilis. Ang kanyang direction ay north northwest, papuntang bansang Taiwan. Dahil sa high-pressure area sa taas ng bagyong Gener, iyun ang nagba-block o pumipigil,” Cada told dzMM.

PAGASA said at this speed and direction, Gener is expected to leave PAR by Friday morning.

Storm warning signal number 3 remains hoisted over Batanes Group of Islands, while signal number 2 are still up over Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands and Babuyan Group of Islands.

The provinces of Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao remain under storm warning signal number 1.

PAGASA said Gener was packing winds of 120 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 150 kph.

As of 6 a.m., Gener was located 175 kms east northeast of Basco, Batanes.

The typhoon will continue to bring rains over Luzon and Visayas, especially the western section, as it enhances the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA estimated a rainfall amount of 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the typhoon’s 700-kilometer diameter.