Potential cyclone forms near Ilocos

Posted at 08/01/12 12:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A new low pressure area (LPA) has formed near Ilocos region, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Wednesday.

PAGASA said as of 10.am., the LPA was spotted 360 kilometers northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.

It said the LPA will bring 30-60 kph winds over Ilocos Provinces, La Union and Pangasinan.

PAGASA forecaster Rene Paciente said the LPA was still too far from land to affect any part of the Philippines.

He said the LPA may even become quasi-stationary, a meteorological term which describes a weather front that moves very little.

“Sa ngayon wala pa siyang (LPA) gaanong epekto. [Kapag] ito ay dumikit sa may Laoag area, mas magiging maulan, may kalakihan ang kaulapan nito, inaasahan maraming ulan ang dala nito,” Paciente told dzMM.

If the LPA intensifies into a tropical cyclone and enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), it will be locally named “Helen”.

Meanwhile, typhoon “Gener” continues to move in a north northwest direction towards Taiwan at a slow speed of 7 kilometers per hour (kph).

As of 10 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was located 285 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

It is forecast to be 400 kms north northeast of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning and 580 kms north northwest of Basco by Friday morning.

Storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan groups of islands, while storm warning signal number 1 was still up over Cagayan and Apayao.

Gener continues to enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat), bringing rains and moderate to strong winds over Luzon and western Visayas.

PAGASA estimated a rainfall amount of 10 - 35 millimeters per hour (heavy - torrential) within the 700-km diameter of the typhoon.