Rainy school opening week seen

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 04 2012 07:47 AM | Updated as of Jun 04 2012 06:35 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Weather bureau PAGASA sees a rainy school opening week as Typhoon “Ambo” continues to bring rain, and will be followed by a potential storm near Mindanao.

PAGASA forecaster Connie Dadivas said Ambo will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon (hanging habagat), bringing rains to central and southern Luzon; and parts of Visayas.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Ambo was last spotted 380 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes. It was packing 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center with gustiness of up to 170 kph.

The typhoon, which has so far claimed two lives and left at least 16 injured, was moving north northeast at 15 kph.

Dadivas said rains caused by Ambo and the southwest monsoon will be felt until Tuesday.

Inclement weather in the country will continue this week in the southern part of the country as an active low pressure area (ALPA) approaches Mindanao.

The ALPA will be named “Butchoy” once it develops into a full-blown storm.

PAGASA last spotted the potential storm 870 kilometers east of southern Mindanao.

“Ngayon at saka bukas ang magpapaulan sa atin ay yung hatak ng Ambo [sa hanging habagat]. At sa susunod na araw, [inaasahan natin ang pag-ulan] habang papalapit ang ating low pressure area, at posible itong magiging bagyo within this week - Thursday hanggang weekend po,” Dadivas told ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda.

“Sa Mindanao, maganda ang panahon ngayon dahil medyo malayo ang isang LPA at and typhoon Ambo ay nasa itaas na. Ang inuulan ngayon ay ang central at southern Luzon at Kabisayaan,” she added.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Ambo “has intensified [but] no longer poses any threat to the country.”

Ambo was forecast to be 640 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday morning; and 980 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes by Wednesday morning.