Typhoon LEKIMA (HANNA) StormWatch No. 05

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TYPHOON LEKIMA (HANNA) STORMWATCH NO. 05

Issued at: 6:45 AM PhT (22:45 GMT) Wednesday 07 August 2019
Next update: 7:00 AM PhT (23:00 GMT), Thursday 08 August 2019
Current Status and Outlook LEKIMA (HANNA) becomes a Typhoon as it moved very slowly northwestward across the North Philippine Sea during the past 24 hours.  Its  current forecast shows a continued northwest to north-northwesterly track towards the Yaeyama Islands, and is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday early morning (Aug 09). This typhoon remains a non-threat to the country.

The presence of this typhoon 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 Southern Luzon and Visayas today through Thursday (Aug 08).

Where is LEKIMA (HANNA)? As of 5:00 AM PhT today, August 07…2100 GMT. The center was located over the mid-western  part of the North Philippine Sea [near 19.7°N 128.1°E], about 643 km east of Basco, Batanes or 949 km northeast of Metro Manila
How strong is it? Maximum Sustained Winds (10-min avg): 120 kph near the center, with gustiness: 150 kph.
Past Movement (06 hrs) Quasi-Stationary, over the Mid-Western Part of the North Philippine Sea.
Forecast Highlights
  • The Day 2 to 3 Forecast (Aug 08-09) shows the typhoon intensifying further to 140 to 170 kph, and tracking generally Northwest to North-Northwestward, passing over the Yaeyama Islands (Ishigakijima) by late Thursday evening (Aug 09). Forecast confidence at this time is at MEDIUM to HIGH (35% to >65% chance).
  • TY Lekima (Hanna) is likely to exit the northwestern border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday early morning, 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 scattered to widespread occasional rains, gusty winds and thunderstorms across MiMaRoPa and the western sections of Southern Luzon, and Western Visayas through Thursday (Aug 08). 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.

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Issued by: David Michael V. Padua for WeatherPhilippines

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