Typhoon 'Mindulle' moves closer to PAR's northeastern boundary


The typhoon with the international name "Mindulle" has started to move north-northwestward near the northeastern limit of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) before Wednesday noon, Sept. 29.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of the eye of Mindulle was estimated at 1,420 kilometers east of extreme northern Luzon at around 10 a.m.

It has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph.

PAGASA is considering two scenarios regarding the movement of the weather disturbance--that it may briefly enter the PAR Wednesday and will be named "Lannie" or it may not enter the PAR at all.

"The typhoon may enter the Philippine area of responsibility today and may exit the same region within 12 hours. However, considering that the typhoon has been tracking generally northward over the past couple of hours, there is an increasing possibility that it may not enter the PAR region at all," PAGASA pointed out.

Nevertheless, Mindulle is still unlikely to directly affect the country's weather conditions.

It may, however, trigger moderate to rough seas in the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon in the next 24 hours.

"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," PAGASA warned.

In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said partly cloudy to cloudy conditions may persist over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

It advised the public to take precautions against possible flash floods or landslides especially during the occurrence of severe thunderstorms, which are often associated with short-lived heavy rains.