New storm enters RP
Manila (29 October) -- Disaster officials in Central Luzon and Metro Manila are warned anew against the looming storm that will hit the area towards the end of the week.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said tropical storm 'Santi' (with international name 'Mirinae') has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) last night (October 28, 2009).
In it's 11 p.m. weather advisory, the storm was spotted 1,520 kilometers east of Central Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph and is forecast to move west-northwest at 30 kph.
Nilo said Santi continues to intensify and its winds may reach up to 200 kph.
He however said the cyclone will not affect any part the country in the next 36 hours because its rainbands remains at sea.
Santi is the 19th storm to enter the Philippines which may hit Central Luzon and even affect Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, Mindanao is being affected by Intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ), and will likely experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila, and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms, the Pagasa said. (PIA-MMIO) [top]