Urduja leaves PH, but brewing storm threatens Christmas


Posted at Dec 19 2017 12:03 PM

This satellite image from PAGASA shows the location of tropical depression Urduja and a low pressure area.

MANILA - Tropical depression Urduja (international name: Kai-tak) has left the Philippine area of responsibility after killing at least 41 people, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday, as a brewing storm off Mindanao threatened to bring more rains ahead of Christmas. 

Urduja swamped large parts of the Visayas over the weekend, prompting several towns to declare a state of calamity, including those in areas battered by super typhoon Yolanda 4 years ago. 
At 10 a.m., the slow-moving typhoon was tracked 430 kilometers west of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts, PAGASA said. 

The brewing storm meanwhile was tracked 1,710 km east of Mindanao. It may enter the Philippine area on Wednesday, the weather bureau added. 

The low pressure area (LPA), which weakened on Monday, may re-intensify into a storm in the next 48 hours, PAGASA meteorologist Samuel Duran earlier warned. 

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The province of Palawan, Cagayan, Isabela and Aurora will experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains that may trigger landslides and floods, PAGASA said. 

Scattered rains were also seen in the regions of Metro Manila, Ilocos, Cordillera, and the rest of Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. 

The northeast monsoon or amihan, the dominant weather system during Christmas season, has also intensified, which will bring colder in the next days, PAGASA meteorologist Robb Gile told DZMM. 

The temperature in Baguio has averaged 12 degrees Celcius in the past few days while Metro Manila temperature fell to 22.2 degrees Celcius on Monday, he said. 

The amihan also tends to move typhoons to the south, making Southern Luzon and Visayas more prone to landslides, according to state-run channel Panahon TV


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