Tropical Storm Falcon brings monsoon rain to Philippines

Tropical Storm Falcon and Egay storm tracks
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UPDATE: PAGASA Reports 44.4mm of rain poured down Metro Manila in 3 hours.  Massive rain fall created flooding in much of the Capital, stranding motorists and commuters alike.  Ondoy poured 56mm.

Tropical Storm Falcon (International: Tropical Storm Meari) is expected to bring monsoon rains over Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, as well as very rough sea conditions.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, the tropical storm is projected to threaten Extreme Northern Luzon.  Everyone is advised to take precautions against flash floods, and landslides.

(UPDATE): In an interview over local station, DZMM, PAGASA reported that Falcon has grown stronger.  The low pressure area that the weather bureau detected off Falcon’s right merged with the tropical storm.  This accounts for the strength of the storm.

Computer projections so far predict Falcon will not rise above tropical storm status.

The weather bureau issued Gale Warning No. 10 for the Eastern seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.  It also issued a similar warning for the Western seaboard of Luzon, and Visayas.  In both, sea conditions are rough to very rough with waves expected to be between 3.7 to 5.5 meters high for the eastern seaboard, while on the western seaboard, 3.7 to 4.5 meters high.  PAGASA warns that small seacraft are advised not to go out to sea.  Gale Force Wind warning was issued because of both Tropical Storm Egay (Haima), and Tropical Storm Falcon (Meari).

Tropical Storm Falcon storm track is still projected to travel along the Eastern coast of Luzon island.  Falcon is expected to be near Tuguegarao City by Friday (24 June 2011), and near Basco Batanes by Saturday.  Falcon is expected to be near Taiwan by Sunday morning.

PAGASA has issued the following public storm signal 1 over Quezon, Aurora, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, IsabelaCagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands and Batanes Group of Islands. Typical flash flood warnings have been given to residents in low lying areas, and mountainous areas are warned against landslides.  Residents are advised to take precautions.  No storm signal raised over Visayas and Mindanao.


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