September 1, 2022 | 6:03
MANILA, Philippines — The PAGASA State Weather Bureau said Tropical Depression Gardo is expected to weaken into an area of low pressure and be absorbed by Super Typhoon Henr (international name: hinnamnor).
Meteorological specialist Benison Estareja told a press briefing that “Gardo” is last located 1,040 km east northeast of far northern Luzon, with maximum winds at 55/ 70 km/h.
Estareja said that in the next few hours it is possible that ‘Gardo’ will weaken in an area of low pressure and be absorbed by ‘Henry’.
Meanwhile, “Henry” continues to maintain strength as it moves over the Philippine Sea, the PAGASA State Weather Bureau said.
In its 05:00 bulletin, PAGASA said “Henry” was last located 530 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.
The super typhoon packs a maximum sustained wind of 185 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 230 km/h.
“Henry” continues its course towards the southwest at 25 km / h, said PAGASA.
“This tropical cyclone is also expected to strengthen southwest Monsson which could bring rain to western part of Luzon starting tomorrow (Friday),” PAGASA said.
He added that the issuance of a weather advisory for the southwest monsoon or habagat will probably be given.
The Batanes can experience light to moderate rain with occasional heavy rain in the late afternoon until evening, while on Friday Batanes and Babuyan Islands are expected to experience moderate to heavy rain.
From Saturday morning until afternoon, moderate to heavy rain can still be experienced in Batanes, while the Babuyan Islands can expect moderate rain with occasional heavy rain.
“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible, particularly in areas highly or highly susceptible to these hazards, as identified on maps of the hazards, and in localities with significant previous rainfall,” PAGASA also says.
TCWS, gale warning
PAGASA said “Henry” packs strong typhoon winds that extend up to 340 km from the center. For this reason, tropical cyclone wind signals are likely to be increased for locations in far northern Luzon.
“The possibility of hoisting a No. 2 wind signal is also not ruled out,” the state weather office added.
A gale warning is also in effect for the northern and eastern coasts of northern Luzon. “Henry”, in the next 24 hours, could bring moderate to rough seas to the east coast of Isabela, which is risky for small craft.
Mariners are urged to take precautionary measures when venturing into the waters and, if possible, to avoid boating in these conditions.
Track and Intensity
‘Henry’ is expected to continue to move generally southwesterly Thursday through Friday morning while slowing. Thursday evening or early Friday morning, ‘Henry’ can be nearly stationary.
At noon on Friday, the typhoon could start moving slowly northwest before finally accelerating north on Saturday.
“Henry” is expected to leave the Philippines area of responsibility on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
The typhoon could also re-intensify slightly before decelerating or entering its quasi-stationary phase, when it is likely to weaken, PAGASA said.
- 2:00 p.m., September 1: 405 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes
- 02:00, September 2: 375 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes
- 2:00 p.m., September 2: 365 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes
- 02:00, September 3: 355 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes
- 2:00 p.m., September 3: 445 km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes
- 02:00, September 4: 575 km north northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (outside PAR)
- 02:00, September 5: 875 north northeast of Far North Luzon (outside PAR)