Saturday, December 17, 2011

TS Washi (Sendong) Update #9

Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) is beginning to move away from the Philippines, after moving through Palawan last night. It was last located approximately 70km northwest of Puerto Princesa City, moving west northwestward at 25kph. Maximum sustained winds have decreased slightly to 75kph gusting to 100kph.

Washi has weakened as it crossed the Palawan Island. The center has become somewhat disorganized and elongated. We are still waiting reports out of Palawan although initial rain amounts range from 50 to 100mm. Meanwhile, in Mindanao, the death toll continues to climb and is now more than 400 people, with hundreds more missing. Again, the main culprit here are the flash floods, particularly in Iligan and Ozamiz. Right now though, Washi is moving away so we expect improving conditions.

There is still Signal Warning #2 for Palawan and Signal #1 for Cuyo and Coron Group of Islands, this is as of 5am from PAGASA.

Areas mentioned will still have rain showers throughout today, particularly in Palawan. Much of Mindanao and Visayas should get clearing skies with small chances of showers and thunderstorms. The rains brought by the NE Monsoon will continue to affect Central and Southern Luzon, particularly the Bicol Region.

Forecast track for Washi has not changed and we'll have more info regarding this later in our afternoon update.
Issued (2130 UTC) 530am PhT 121811

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