Tropical Storm Henry maintains strength at sea
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MANILA, Philippines - Tropical Storm Henry (international codename Matmo) has maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (KPH) on Friday evening, July 18.
According to state weather bureau, PAGASA, the storm will not affect any part of the country as of yet. However, the agency warned fisherfolk and small seacraft against going out to sea due to the danger posed by the storm.
As of 10:00 pm, July 18, the storm was located at approximately 750 km east of Guiuan, Samar moving at a speed of 13 kph. PAGASA forecasts that Henry could travel up north towards Taiwan, possibly bypassing Luzon island all together.
The US military's Joint Typhoon Warning Center has also forecast a similar path towards Taiwan.
A slow-moving storm over the Pacific Ocean tends to absorb more moisture from the sea and has the potential for becoming a severe weather event.
PAGASA will release its next bulletin on July 19, at 11:00 am. - Rappler.com