'Gener' exits PAR, potential cyclone approaching PH

Posted at 08/03/2012 8:08 AM | Updated as of 08/03/2012 10:56 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm “Gener” left the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday night but rains are still expected in some parts of the country due to the southwest monsoon (habagat), the state weather bureau said.

PAGASA forecaster Ricky Fabregas said Gener (international name: Saola) exited PAR at around 6 p.m. and moved towards China.

Fabregas said monsoon rains are expected but they will not be as strong as the past days’ downpours.

"Inaasahan natin na magkakaroon pa rin tayo ng pag-ulan pero kung ikukumpara natin sa mga nakalipas na araw ay medyo improving ang ating weather conditions," Fabregas told dzMM.

"Papuntang weekend ay medyo maasahan natin na maganda ang lagay ng panahon," he added.

PAGASA is monitoring a new low pressure area (LPA) that has a potential to become a cyclone.

Fabregas said the LPA was last spotted 1,800 kilometers east of the Philippines.

If the LPA enters PAR and develops into a tropical cyclone, it will be named “Helen”.

“Kung pagbabasehan ang ipinapakita ng forecast model, mga Sabado ng gabi ang kanyang pagpasok pero doon lang siya sa dulo ng ating PAR line,” Fabregas said.

Meanwhile, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) exective director Benito Ramos Jr. said death toll from the typhoon is now at 37.

Latest data from NDRRMC also showed that Gener destroyed some P240.1 million in agriculture and infrastructure nationwide.