Weakened 'Jose' to spare PH, head for Japan

Posted at 08/05/2014 12:00 PM
Forecast track of Typhoon "Jose". Image courtesy of PAGASA.

MANILA – Tropical cyclone ''Jose'' weakened as it moved towards the southern portion of Japan, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA said Jose is still categorized as a typhoon, but the maximum sustained winds it is packing weakened to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, with gusts of up to 185 kph.

Jose picked up speed, moving north northeast at 15 kph. As of 10 a.m., it was spotted 805 kilometers east of Calayan Island.

Although Jose is not expected to make a landfall in the Philippines, it will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (Habagat). This will result in continued rains in Ilocos Region and Central Luzon.

Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and MIMAROPA, meanwhile, will experience occasional rains.

Jose is forecast to be 860 kms. northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning, and outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday morning.

An estimated rainfall amount of 10 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) is expected within the typhoon's 650-km diameter.

Fishermen are still advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon.