Typhoon Lupit aka Ramil spared Philippines which is already reeling under the fury lashed out by a spate of typhoons and weather systems over the past few weeks. While the people are still trying to recover from the horror of the last few cyclones, a new development has raised alarm again.
Tropical Depression 23 or Santi (to be named if the weather system enters Philippines) is scheduled to hit Philippines by Thursday or Friday later this week. This would be the fourth cyclone to hit Philippines in October this year.
Prisco Nilo, head of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the areas of Visayas, southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila shoule be ready to face the disturbance from the current weather system.
Nilo informed that the depression was spotted at the Marianas Islands, located at 2,800 kilometers east of Visayas packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph. He added that while the depression is still not a full blown cyclone under the PAGASA guidelines, the system has already started behaving like one.
October 27, 2009
Mirinae’s eye was located 547 kilometers east of the city of Casiguran on eastern Luzon at 4 a.m. local time today, the Philippines weather office said.
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 150 kph, with gusts to 185 kph, and was moving west-southwest at 22 kph, the office said.
Mirinae, referred to as Santi in the Philippines, is forecast to make landfall east of Manila after 2 a.m. tomorrow and sweep across the capital before heading over the South China Sea, according to the agency’s forecast.