Tropical Depression Henry makes landfall in Cagayan
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Henry made landfall in Camiguin Island in the province of Cagayan on Monday evening, July 16.
In a bulletin issued 11 pm on Monday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Henry is already 60 kilometers southeast of Calayan, Cagayan, moving west at a slightly slower 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 30 km/h. It is crossing the Babuyan Group of Islands.
The tropical depression maintained its strength as it hit land, with maximum winds of 60 km/h and gustiness of up to 75 km/h.
Signal number 1 remains raised over:
- northern part of Cagayan including the Babuyan Group of Islands
- northern part of Apayao
- northern part of Ilocos Norte
PAGASA warned that occasional rains with gusty winds are expected in areas under signal number 1.
The tropical depression also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is bringing rain to Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, and Western Visayas.
Scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms will also hit the rest of the country due to the southwest monsoon.
Areas affected by Henry and the southwest monsoon should stay on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Several areas in Luzon have suspended classes for Tuesday, July 17, as more rains are expected. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Tuesday, July 17)
PAGASA also advised fishermen and others with small sea vessels not to venture out into the seaboards of areas under signal number 1, and in the western seaboard of Luzon. Both Henry and the southwest monsoon are causing moderate to rough seas.
Based on its latest forecast track, Henry is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning.
Henry is the Philippines' 8th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2018)
Aside from Henry, PAGASA is also monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) located 930 kilometers east of Infanta, Quezon. This LPA does not have any effect on the country just yet.
PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 8. – Rappler.com