Bye Samuel, hello Tomas?


Posted at Nov 22 2018 05:56 AM | Updated as of Nov 22 2018 10:38 PM

Courtesy of PAGASA

MANILA - State weather bureau PAGASA is monitoring a new tropical cyclone outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Weather specialist Gener Quitlong on Thursday said tropical storm Man-yi (international name) is located 2,460 kilometers east of Mindanao.

"Napakalayo pa po nito. Wala pang epekto," he said during PAGASA's 5 a.m. press briefing.

If the weather disturbance enters PAR, it will be named "Tomas," the 20th storm to enter the country this year.

Man-yi currently packs maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph), with gusts of up to 105 kph. It is moving west-northwest at a speed of 45 kph.

Quitlong said the tropical storm may enter PAR either on Sunday, Nov. 25, or Monday, Nov. 26.

"Dahil nasa dagat pa ito at may kalayuan pa, posible pa po itong lumakas at maaaring umabot sa typhoon," he said.

Quitlong said Man-yi might not make landfall, but could still change its course.

Japanese Meteorological Agency

Meanwhile, tropical depression Samuel is moving over the West Philippine Sea after it slammed Palawan.

It is last spotted 90 kilometers north-northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Samuel maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kph and gusts of up to 65 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over Palawan, including the Calamian Group of Islands.

The tropical depression first made landfall in Borongan, Eastern Samar and again in Iloilo on Wednesday.  

On Thursday dawn, Samuel made its 6th landfall in Roxas, Palawan

Samuel, the 19th tropical cyclone to hit the country, is expected to leave PAR between Thursday night, Nov. 22, and Friday morning, Nov. 23.

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