Tropical Storm “Egay” might stay a little longer within the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as it decelerates further this morning. Moving north at 7 kilometers per hour, it is expected to leave PAR by Thursday evening.
As of 5:00 AM today, the center of the storm was estimated at 145 kilometers southwest of Laoag City, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
As Egay prevails within the boundary, Public Storm Warning Signals (PSWS) are still up over some parts of the Luzon. These areas will experience stormy weather as a direct effect of the tropical storm.
Meanwhile, several areas of the country will also experience rains today as Egay continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or habagat. Moderate to heavy monsoon rains will be dumped over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon. Monsoon rains can trigger flash floods and landslides mostly over the low-lying and mountainous areas.
Visayas will experience light to moderate rains and thunderstorms, while Mindanao will have a generally fair weather aside from possible isolated thunderstorms. Sea travel for fishing boats and other small seacraft is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.
Aside from Egay, PAGASA is monitoring two other tropical cyclones outside the PAR. The closest, “Chan-Hom”, was estimated at approximately 830 kilometers east of our boundary. Packing winds of 110 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 145 kilometers per hour, it moves northwest at 20 kilometers per hour.
Chan-Hom is expected to enter the PAR by Tuesday or Wednesday this week and will be given the local name “Falcon”. PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio says it has a slim chance to hit the landmass but will enhance the habagat just like Egay.
Meanwhile, another cyclone with international name “Nangka” was spotted at around 2,800 kilometers east of the PAR. With maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 135 kilometers per hour, it is expected to move westward at 20 kilometers per hour. As of now, Nangka is still too far to determine its track. All are still advised to monitor updates and further development.