MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon Hinnamnor entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 31, joining Tropical Depression Gardo.
Hinnamnor was given the local name Henry, as the Philippines’ eighth tropical cyclone for 2022. It is also the country’s first super typhoon for the year.
Both Henry and Gardo are not expected to make landfall, though the super typhoon may still affect extreme Northern Luzon due to its size. The trough or extension of Gardo is also bringing some rain, along with the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) had said on Wednesday afternoon that Henry, which is hundreds of kilometers northeast of extreme Northern Luzon, was moving west southwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The super typhoon may slow down over the next two days, becoming almost stationary by late Thursday, September 1, until Friday, September 2.
As of Wednesday afternoon, Henry had maximum sustained winds of 195 km/h and gustiness of up to 240 km/h.
PAGASA said earlier on Wednesday morning that Henry could reach a peak intensity of 205 km/h within 24 hours before gradually weakening as it slows down. It could be downgraded to a typhoon by Friday afternoon or evening.
While Henry is not seen to hit land, tropical cyclone wind signals may be raised for extreme Northern Luzon.
Light to heavy rain from the super typhoon’s outermost rainbands could also affect extreme Northern Luzon starting late Thursday or Friday.
Henry might enhance the southwest monsoon, too, which would trigger monsoon rain in the western part of Luzon on Friday.
The super typhoon may also cause rough seas in the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon beginning late Thursday or early Friday. Conditions would be risky for small vessels.
Meanwhile, Gardo was last spotted 1,080 kilometers east of extreme Northern Luzon on Wednesday afternoon, moving north at 10 km/h and remaining far from land.
The tropical depression still has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
But Gardo is expected to weaken into a remnant low on Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning as it gets absorbed by Henry.
In the meantime, Gardo’s trough and the southwest monsoon are bringing scattered rain showers and thunderstorms to much of Luzon, specifically these areas:
- Metro Manila
- Ilocos Region
- Cordillera Administrative Region
Flash floods or landslides are possible during periods of moderate to heavy rain. – Rappler.com