Philippine tropical cyclones

No more rain, winds from Tropical Depression Obet as it moves away

Acor Arceo
No more rain, winds from Tropical Depression Obet as it moves away

OBET. Satellite image of Tropical Depression Obet as of October 22, 2022, 11 am.

NOAA

Tropical Depression Obet is set to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday afternoon, October 22

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Obet was no longer bringing rain and strong winds to extreme Northern Luzon on Saturday morning, October 22, as it continued to move away.

Obet was already over the West Philippine Sea, at 240 kilometers west of Basco, Batanes, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its 11 am bulletin on Saturday.

The tropical depression is heading west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), and is expected to maintain that direction for the rest of Saturday.

It is set to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday afternoon.

Obet maintained its strength on Saturday morning, with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

PAGASA said Obet is expected to remain a tropical depression in the next 36 hours. It was previously seen to intensify into a tropical storm.

While Obet is no longer affecting weather in the country, a gale warning remains in place due to the tropical depression and the surge of the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.

Rough seas, with waves 2.8 to 4 meters high, are expected in the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, particularly in these areas:

  • Batanes
  • northern coast of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • northern coast of Ilocos Norte

PAGASA advised fishing boats and other small vessels not to sail, and larger vessels to watch out for big waves.

Obet is the country’s 15th tropical cyclone for 2022 and the third for October.

PAGASA expects 5 to 9 tropical cyclones to enter or develop inside PAR from October 2022 to March 2023. Per month, these are the weather bureau’s estimates:

  • October 2022 – 2 to 4
  • November 2022 – 2 or 3
  • December 2022 – 1 or 2
  • January 2023 – 0 or 1
  • February 2023 – 0 or 1
  • March 2023 – 0 or 1

– Rappler.com

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