‘Vicky’ accelerates as it exits PH; LPA spotted off Catanduanes

‘Vicky’ accelerates as it exits PH; LPA spotted off Catanduanes

MANILA – Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky accelerated as it is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA reported that Vicky is forecast to move generally westward or southwestward over the West Philippine Sea in the next 12 hours and is likely to exit the PAR and will turn towards the southwest as it comes under the full influence of the surge of the northeast monsoon.

It added Vicky is forecast to intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours but it is less likely to reach severe tropical storm category throughout the forecast period due to marginally favorable conditions.

Based on all available data at 10 a.m. Sunday, the location of the eye or center of TD Vicky was estimated at 135 kilometers east southeast of Kalayaan, Palawan with sustained winds of 55 km per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph moving westward at 35 kph.

Vicky has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, moving west northwestward at 25 kph.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 remains hoisted over Kalayaan Islands.

“The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 5 p.m. today,” PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said that as 10 a.m. Sunday, a low pressure area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 140 km east of Virac, Catanduanes.

It added that the LPA is less likely to develop into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours. (PNA)

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