Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that the heavy rain showers that fell over parts of Metro Manila on Wednesday are due to an active monsoon enhanced by tropical cyclones “Mina” and “Talas” not from tropical cyclone.
Monsoon is strong in the western sections of Northern and Central Luzon.
Strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon, PAGASA posted in their weather bulletin.
Some parts of northern Luzon put under signal no. 1 after tropical storm Mina increase the intensity and became a typhoon, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said on Thursday.
Northern Aurora, Isabela and Cagayan remained under Storm Signal No. 1. Base on 11 a.m. advisory of PAGASA.
As of 10:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “MINA” was located based on satellite and surface data at 310 km East of Casiguran, Aurora with a maximum sustained Winds of 120 kph near the center and Gustiness of up to 150 kph. PAGASA released in their weather bulletin update.
Typhoon “MINA” is expected to be at 220 km Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora by tomorrow morning and at 260 km North Northeast of Tuguegarao City or at 100 km Southeast of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it will be at 200 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes. PAGASA added.
Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said Mina will leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said that Tropical Depression Mina gained strength but slowed down from 11 kph to 7 kph due to its interaction with another LPA east of Mina and another tropical depression northeast of Mina.
Mina continued moving north northeast at a slightly slower 7 kph. Mina was estimated at 350 kms east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 10 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, PAGASA added.
Mina is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over southern Luzon and the Visayas and estimated rainfall from 10 to 20 mm per hour within the 300-km diameter of Tropical Depression Mina.
PAGASA said Mina may exit Philippine territory Friday morning.