The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) posted on their website that Tropical Storm "HELEN" has maintained its strength and continues to threaten Northern Luzon.
As of 4:00 p.m. today (August 13), Tropical Storm "HELEN" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 430 km East of Casiguran, Aurora (16.5°N 126.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 13 kph.
PAGASA added that Tropical Storm "HELEN" is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over Luzon and Visayas especially over the Western section. This will bring an estimated rainfall amount is from 15 - 35 mm per hour (heavy - torrential) within 400 km diameter of Tropical Storm.
Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal:
Signal No.1 (45-60 kph winds)
- Calayan Grp. of Islands
- Batanes Grp. of Islands
The weather bureau advised residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Please visit PAGASA for the official weather advisory.
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