The tropical depression expected to to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Saturday, July 19, has intensified into a tropical storm.
As of 4:00 a.m. on Friday, July 18, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Tropical Storm “Matmo” is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 1,000 kilometers east of Northern Mindanao.
“Matmo” currently packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gustiness of up to 80 kph . It is forecast to move north northwest slowly.
Once the tropical storm enters PAR, it will be called “Henry.” It is, however, not expected to make landfall.
SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER ONE
TROPICAL CYCLONE ALERT: TROPICAL STORM #HenryPH (MATMO)
ISSUED AT 8:10 AM, 18 JULY 2014
THE TROPICAL STORM EAST OF NORTHERN MINDANAO HAS ENTERED THE PHILIPPINE AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY (PAR) AND WAS NAMED “HENRY”.
Location of eye/center: At 7:00 AM today, Tropical Storm “HENRY” was estimated based on all available data at 890 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.7°N, 134.9°E).
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Movement: Forecast to move North Northwest at 7 kph.
Forecast Positions: Tropical Storm “HENRY” is expected to be at 800 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by tomorrow morning and at 860 km East of Casiguran, Aurora by Sunday morning. By Monday morning, it is expected to be at 600 km East of Basco, Batanes.
• Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate-heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
• Tropical Storm “HENRY” will not yet affect any part of the country.
• The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today.