MANILA — The severe tropical storm withinternational name ‘Megi’ already entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is locally named ‘Helen,’ Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its severe weather bulletin 1 released Saturday afternoon.
PAGASA said estimated rainfall of ‘Helen’ is from moderate to heavy within its 600-km diameter.
The agency located ‘Helen’ at some 1,390 km east-northeast of Casiguran, Aurora province as of 4 p.m. Saturday.
‘Helen’ packed maximum sustained winds of up to 110 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 140 kph, said PAGASA.
PAGASA forecast ‘Helen’ to move west-northwest at 25 kph.
According to PAGASA, ‘Helen’ will likely be 840 km east of Basco, Batanes province by Sunday afternoon (Sept. 25) – still inside PAR.
Latest available data indicate ‘Helen’ will already be outside PAR by Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 28) at some 740 km northwest of Basco, PAGASA added. Catherine Teves /PNA/northboundasia.com