Tropical depression 'Labuyo' enters PH

Posted at 08/09/2013 1:50 PM | Updated as of 08/09/2013 3:16 PM
MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 2:32 p.m., 09 August 2013

MANILA – Tropical depression "Labuyo" has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA forecaster Leni Ruiz told radio dzMM that Labuyo entered PAR shortly before 11 a.m. today. The tropical depression was last spotted 1,000 kilometers east of Bicol region.

Labuyo gained strength, now packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center. It also gained speed, moving northwest at 19 kph.

No public storm warning signal has been raised as the cyclone was still too far to directly affect any part of the country.

However, PAGASA said scattered light to moderate rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Northern Mindanao are still expected due to a low pressure area spotted 65 kms southeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.

Labuyo is forecast to be 840 kms east of Casiguran, Aurora on Saturday morning; 490 kms east of Tuguegarao City on Sunday morning; and 80 kms east of Aparri, Cagayan on Monday morning.

An estimated rainfall of 5 - 10 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) is expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.