Storm ‘Mina' nears typhoon status: PAGASA

Posted at 08/25/11 7:54 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm “Mina” is forecast to bring more rains over most parts of the country as it continues to enhance the southwest monsoon, weather  bureau PAGASA said.

In its weather bulletin issued 5 a.m., PAGASA said Mina was last spotted 390 kms east of Casiguran, Aurora.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of up to 135 kph.
PAGASA officer-in-charge and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said Mina may reach the typhoon status within 24 hours if its strength exceeds 118 kph.

If this happens, Yumul said public storm signals will be raised over the northern part of Luzon.

He said Mina is expected to stay within the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) until Tuesday afternoon.

Mina has remained almost stationary because of its interaction with a tropical depression which formed on its eastern side, he added.
Yumul said this is called the “Fujiwara effect.”

Yumul, however, said this other tropical depression will not enter the PAR.

He said the weather will improve over Visayas and Mindanao during the weekend as Mina moves north.