Forecast track map for Tropical Storm "Henry". Image courtesy of PAGASA.
MANILA (UPDATE) – A new tropical storm, code-named ''Henry'', has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said.
PAGASA said the eye of storm Henry was spotted 880 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 10 a.m.
The state weather bureau said Henry was packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph. No storm warning signals have been raised so far.
Henry was moving north northwest at 7 kph. A forecast track map of PAGASA shows Henry is not likely to make landfall in the Philippines.
PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said although the storm is not expected to hit land, it will enhance the southwest monsoon (habagat) and bring rains to Visayas and Luzon.
Galang said the monsoon rains may intensify by Saturday afternoon or evening.
PAGASA said Henry is expected to be 970 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar by Sasturday morning, and at 1,000 kms east of Daet, CamarinesNorte by Sunday morning.
By Monday morning, Henry is expected to be at 700 kms east of Calayan.
An estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) is expected within the storm's 400-km diameter.