Tropical storm ”Maring” (international name TRAMI) kept its strength as it remained almost stationary for the past six hours, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday. With its slow movement, the storm was seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday morning or 530 kilometers northeast of Itbayat, Batanes, PAGASA said.
“Maring” was last spotted 575 kilometers east of Itbayat, and was forecast to move east northeast at 7 kph.
It will bring heavy to intense rains (10-25 mm per hour) within its 300 km diameter and will continue to enhance the southwest monsoon. Moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms were seen over Luzon particularly over the western section, PAGASA said.
This storm will continue to induce the Southwest Monsoon (Hanging Habagat) – bringing cloudy and windy conditions with “on-and-off” slight to moderate to sometimes heavy rains across the western sections of the Philippines, becoming more frequent with moderate-to-heavy monsoon rains along MiMaRoPa, the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and CaLaBaRZontoday through Tuesday. Flash floods and landslides are likely in hazard-prone areas especially along river banks and mountain slopes.
Fishermen, specially those using small seacraft were advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon due to the possible big waves generated by the enhanced southwest monsoon.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm PEWA (01C) has slowed its northwesterly movement as it intensifies over the far Western Pacific Ocean. Latest dynamic forecast models continues to show the system moving across the open seas of the Western Pacific Ocean and may affect Wake Island on Wednesday. Its center was located about 1,380 km southeast of Wake Island or 5,795 km east of the Philippines (13.6N Lat 178.1E Lon)…with maximum winds of 110 km/hr near the center…moving NW @ 11 kph towards Wake Island Area. This storm is too far to affect any part of the Philippines.