Local and foreign weather agencies warned of a stormy weather in the Philippines as a tropical storm (TS) currently in the Pacific Ocean is expected to intensify into a typhoon and could make landfall on the northern part of the country by the middle of this week.
An international weather bureau forecasted TS ‘Rammasun’, once it upgrades into a typhoon, could bring winds of up to 175 Kilometres per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 212 kph as it comes close to Aurora area by midnight of July 16.
The northernmost part of Luzon down to some areas in Visayas could be affected by ‘Rammasun’. It will be called ‘Glenda’ once it enters Philippine territory.
The weather bureau added ‘Rammasun’ could weaken as it crosses the land mass of Luzon and exits it by July 17. The cyclone could exit Philippine territory by July 18.
A report from another international weather bureau explained TS ‘Rammasun’’s further strengthening is expected as it nears Philippine land mass with very warm sea surface temperatures and conducive environmental conditions along its expected track through July 15. “It remains possible that ‘Rammasun’ will reach typhoon strength before reaching the Philippines this week,” the report added.
Impacts from ‘Rammasun’ are expected to begin in the eastern Philippines as early as Tuesday, local time, but significant impacts will not arrive until Tuesday night and Wednesday. The greatest impacts are expected across the northern Philippines.
If the storm reaches typhoon strength, locals in the Philippines will need to brace for damaging winds and heavy, torrential rainfall that could lead to mudslides. If ‘Rammasun’ only reaches tropical storm intensity, heavy, flooding rainfall will remain a threat, but winds will not be as destructive.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the country’s weather agency, said in its second weather advisory at 11am on July 13 ‘Rammasun’ or ‘Glenda’ was last seen 1,410 Km east of Bicol Region. The advisory added it brings maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph, and is moving westward at 20 kph.
PAGASA also said ‘Rammasun’ is expected to enter Philippine territory by night of July 13.
A news reportsaid a high pressure area currently exists over Japan, so ‘Rammasun’ is moving westward and could possibly make landfall on Northern Luzon.
It would be the second out of average three typhoons to enter Philippine territory this July, after Typhoon ‘Neoguri’ o ‘Florita’ which spared the country and instead pounded Japan.
The weather bureau also reminded the public, local governments and the agencies whose concern is disaster risk reduction and management “to be alert and monitor the updates.”
PAGASA will issue future updates on ‘Rammasun’ through daily public weather forecasts at 5 am and 5 pm, and daily weather advisories at 11am and 11pm.
The name ‘Rammasun’ was contributed by Thailand, which refers to Parasurama, a South Asian god of thunder. The spelling was updated in 2002 to be called ‘Ramasoon’. The name has been used for tropical cyclones for the third time, with the first two instances in 2002 and 2008.
PHOTO: The track of tropical cyclone ‘Rammasun’ (to be called ‘Glenda’ once it enters Philippine territory) on July 13 to 18. Graphics by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, United States Navy-United States Air Force.