The typhoon with the international name “Mindulle” continues to weaken while moving slowly over the Philippine Sea on Monday evening, Sept. 27, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. advisory.
Mindulle remains a typhoon packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph while moving north-northwestward slowly.
“Typhoon Mindulle has been moving very slowly over the past 24 hours due to a blocking ridge of high pressure area extending from mainland China. Data shows that the ridge is forecast to weaken within the next 24 hours, allowing the typhoon to gradually accelerate,” PAGASA said.
As of 10 p.m., the center of the eye of typhoon Mindulle was estimated by PAGASA at 1,485 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon.
Based on the latest forecast, Mindulle will likely enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Tuesday evening, Sept. 28, and Wednesday morning, Sept. 29, and will be locally called “Lannie.”
However, it may only stay briefly inside the PAR as it is seen to exit the vicinity between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, Sept. 30.
“This typhoon is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition of the country throughout the forecast period [but] moderate to rough seas due to swells caused by the typhoon is now prevailing over the seaboards of extreme northern Luzon and will likely affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon beginning tomorrow,” PAGASA pointed out.
“These conditions are risky for those using small sea crafts. Mariners are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions,” it added.
Partly cloudy to cloudy conditions may persist over Metro Manila and the rest of the country in the next 24 hours.
However, PAGASA continued to advise the public to take precautions against possible flash floods or landslides especially during the occurrence of severe thunderstorms that are often associated with short-lived heavy rains.