Sunday, August 25, 2013

14th cyclone develops near Surigao, named 'Nando'

MANILA, Philippines - The low pressure area near Surigao del Norte in Mindanao has intensified into a tropical depression and has been named "Nando," the state weather bureau said Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 10 a.m., the center of the tropical cyclone was estimated at 290 kilometers east of Borongan City.

"Nando" is the 14th cyclone to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year and the fourth this August. The weather bureau expects at least five cyclones to hit the country this month.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and was moving north northwest at a speed of 13 kph.

PAGASA said the cyclone will move up to Bicol area, particularly 270 kilometers east of Virac in Catanduanes by Monday morning and move near Aurora province by Tuesday.

The estimated rainfall amount within the cyclone's 300 kilometer diameter was five to 15 millimeters per hour or moderate to heavy.
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The weather bureau has not raised any public storm warning signals in areas near the storm's location.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said it has alerted its units in the areas near the cyclone's location.

The agency added that it has advised local government units in the affected provinces to order a preemptive evacuation when necessary.

source: philstar

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