By Elllayn de Vera Ruiz
Typhoon “Tomas” (international name “Man-yi”) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Friday evening and left the country’s vicinity on Saturday morning.
However, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Tomas may re-enter the PAR within the next 12 to 24 hours.
Around Saturday noon, Tomas was estimated at 1,445 kilometers (km) east of Aparri, Cagayan, packing maximum sustained winds of 145 kph and gustiness of up to 180 kph.
It is moving north-northeast of 15 kph.
So far, Tomas has no direct effect over any part of the country and is not expected to make landfall.
However, PAGASA said sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and eastern seaboard of Visayas due to rough to very rough seas associated with strong winds coming from the surge of northeast monsoon or amihan.
By Sunday morning, PAGASA said Tomas will be 1,350 km east of Aparri, Cagayan; and by Monday morning at 1,000 km east of Basco, Batanes.
This weekend, the northeasterlies will be the prevailing weather system affecting most of Luzon, particularly the northern portion.
Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Abra will have light rains, while Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Apayao, Mountain Province, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union and Pangasinan will experience isolated light rains due to the northeast monsoon or amihan.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have isolated rain showers due to localized thunderstorms. (Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz)