Tropical Storm LEKIMA (HANNA) StormWatch No. 03

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TROPICAL STORM LEKIMA (HANNA) STORMWATCH NO. 03

Issued at: 7:00 AM PhT (23:00 GMT) Monday 05 August 2019
Next update: 7:00 AM PhT (23:00 GMT), Tuesday 06 August 2019
Current Status and Outlook Tropical Storm (TS) HANNA upgraded from Tropical Depression and Tropical Disturbance (LPA) respectively over the past 24 hours.  It is known globally as LEKIMA, named after a unique Vietnamese Tree whose fruit has only one seed surrounded by yellow pulp which looks like yolk.

This storm has been moving very slowly westward across the Philippine Sea…could threaten Batanes and Babuyan Island Group on Thursday, Aug 08.

TS  LEKIMA (HANNA) together with the active Monsoon Trough will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) and bring generally cloudy conditions with “on-&-off” rains and thunderstorms across MiMaRoPa and the Western Sections of Luzon and Visayas today through Wednesday (Aug 07).

Where is LEKIMA (HANNA)? As of 5:00 AM PhT today, August 05…2100 GMT. The center was located over the southernmost  part of the North Philippine Sea [near 18.4°N 130.3°E], about 866 km east of Santa Ana, Cagayan or 1,082 km east-northeast of Metro Manila
How strong is it? Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 65 kph near the center, with gustiness: 85 kph.
Past Movement (06 hrs) Westward @ 04 kph, towards the Western Part of the North Philippine Sea.
Forecast Highlights
  • The 4-Day Forecast (Aug 06-09) has changed over the past 24 hours and now shows TS LEKIMA (HANNA) becoming a Typhoon on Thursday (Aug 08) as it tracks generally Northwestward, and could make landfall over Northern Taiwan on Friday morning (Aug 09) with medium to high uncertainty. Forecast confidence at this time is at  MEDIUM to LOW (65% to <35% chance).
  • TS Lekima (Hanna) is likely to exit the northwestern border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday afternoon, Aug 09.
  • The presence of this Tropical Cyclone and the Monsoon Trough will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) and could bring generally cloudy skies with occasional rains, some gusty winds and thunderstorms across MiMaRoPa and the western sections of Luzon and Visayas including Metro Manila through Wednesday (Aug 07). Please be advised that severe thunderstorms may also occur across these areas which could cause flash floods and landslides. Precautionary measures must be implemented during the occurrence of this monsoon system.
  • The next StormWatch Update will be issued after 24 hours.

Information based on data collected by WeatherPhilippines Foundation, Inc. shall not be taken as official data. Weather information broadcasted and distributed by PAGASA remains as official data. WeatherPhilippines shall not be responsible for the private use and reliance of its weather information.

Issued by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines

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