New storm will not make landfall: weather bureau

06/22/2011 -JUST like its predecessor, Tropical Depression "Falcon" will not hit any part of the Philippines, state weather forecasters said, although it will be strong enough to enhance rain-producing clouds in Luzon.

Tropical Depression "Egay" left the country last Monday, but its replacement Falcon came immediately on Tuesday carrying winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center as of 10 a.m.

Moving west northwest at 19 kph, Falcon was spotted 670 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar and is expected to tread its path until it leaves the country for Japan by Saturday.

Both the Japanese Meteorological Agency and the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning System in Hawaii also showed a similar west-northwesterly track.

No storm signals have been raised as of this posting since it is too far to affect the country, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

“Widespread rains (due to enhanced southwest monsoon) are expected over the western section of Luzon including Metro Manila starting Wednesday, which may last until the weekend,” weather forecaster Sonny Pajarilla said.

While hovering at sea, Falcon is expected to gain strength and develop into a tropical storm, packed with winds of at least 65 kph near the eye, Science and Technology Undersecretary Graciano Yumul said in a separate interview.

By Wednesday morning, it is located 440 km east of Virac, Catanduanes.

By Thursday morning, it will be 420 km east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora. On Friday morning, it is expected to be 350 km east of Basco, Batanes.

Egay leaves 1 dead, 2 missing

In another report, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRMMC) said Egay left one person dead and two missing.

A three-old girl named Mary Joy Reyes died due to drowning while five-year-old Dorina Reyes and Ariel delos Santos went missing in Bataan and Olongapo City, respectively.

Some classes in the cities of Malabon, Valenzuela and Angeles were also suspended on Tuesday due to flooding.

On Monday, a landslide occurred in the villages of Kalaklan, Mabayuan, and Gordon Heights in Olongapo City, the NDRMMC said.

Egay is now on its way to Hong Kong, where the local weather agency predicted heavy rains for the bustling Chinese territory from Wednesday to Thursday. (Sun Star)

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