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Pagasa: 'Labuyo' not likely to directly affect RP

September 3, 2009 8:38am
Other than enhancing the southwest monsoon that will bring rains to parts of the country, tropical depression "Labuyo" is not likely to directly affect any part of the country, state weather forecasters said Thursday.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Elvie Enriquez said "Labuyo" will only affect the country indirectly by enhancing the southwest monsoon.

"Kumikilos ito pahilagang kanluran, ibig sabihin papalayo sa bansa. Ang epekto bagama't di tuwiran ang paghila sa southwest monsoon (Its movement is northwest. It may mean 'Labuyo' is moving away from the country. Its effect, though indirect, is enforcing the southwest monsoon)," Enriquez said in an interview on dzBB radio.

The Pagasa advisory as of 4 a.m. Thursday showed that Labuyo was estimated 790 km east of northern Luzon with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move northwest slowly at 7 kph.

"Southern Luzon and Visayas will experience monsoon rains. The rest of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over the eastern sections of northern and Central Luzon," Pagasa said.

Pagasa said Labuyo is forecast to be 700 km east of northern Luzon Thursday evening; 720 km east northeast of northern Luzon Friday evening; and 1,030 km northeast of northern Luzon Saturday evening.

Last month, tropical storm "Kiko" (Morakot) left 26 people dead, 18 hurt and one missing, records from the National Disaster Coordinating Council (NDCC) showed.

Kiko likewise affected 24,295 families or 121,882 people in 150 villages in four cities and 26 towns in 13 provinces, mostly in northern Philippines. Of these, 2,237 families or 7,994 people were evacuated to 15 evacuation centers. - GMANews.TV
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