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Tropical Storm Maring slows down as it nears Luzon Strait

Acor Arceo
Tropical Storm Maring slows down as it nears Luzon Strait

MARING. Satellite image of Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) as of October 11, 2021, 8 am.

NOAA

Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) decelerates to 15 km/h early Monday morning, October 11

Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) slowed down while approaching the Luzon Strait, which is located between the Philippines and Taiwan, early Monday morning, October 11.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a bulletin issued 8 am that Maring was located 325 kilometers east of Aparri, Cagayan.

The tropical storm continues to move west northwest, but it decelerated from 25 kilometers per hour to just 15 km/h.

It maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h and gustiness of up to 105 km/h.

But Maring is still expected to intensify into a severe tropical storm on Monday. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Maring is dumping rain in Northern Luzon and Central Luzon, making flash floods and landslides “highly likely,” warned PAGASA.

Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • Cordillera Administrative Region
  • Ilocos Region
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
  • rest of Cagayan Valley
  • Central Luzon

Maring also continues to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which is another source of rain on Monday.

Monsoon rain
  • Western Visayas
  • Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Palawan
  • Occidental Mindoro

These areas remain under tropical cyclone wind signals as of 8 am on Monday:

Signal No. 2 (damaging gale-force to storm-force winds)
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan including Babuyan Islands
  • northern part of Isabela (Palanan, Divilacan, Maconacon, Ilagan City, Tumauini, Cabagan, San Pablo, Santa Maria, Santo Tomas, Delfin Albano, Quirino, Gamu, Roxas, Mallig, Quezon)
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
Signal No. 1 (strong winds)
  • rest of Isabela
  • Nueva Vizcaya
  • Quirino
  • Ifugao
  • Benguet
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • Aurora
  • Nueva Ecija
  • Tarlac
  • Zambales
  • Pampanga
  • Bulacan
  • northern part of Bataan (Samal, Morong, Dinalupihan, Abucay, Orani, Hermosa)
  • northern part of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta) including Polillo Islands
  • Calaguas Islands

Occasional gusts remain possible in island, coastal, and mountainous areas of most places in the country due to Maring’s “expansive wind field” and the enhanced southwest monsoon.

  • rest of Luzon
  • Visayas
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Camiguin
  • Zamboanga del Norte

Maring is affecting the Philippines’ coastal waters as well.

Rough to high seas

Conditions risky for all vessels

  • seaboards of areas under Signal Nos. 1 and 2 (waves 2.5 to 7.5 meters high)
Rough to very rough seas

Small vessels advised not to sail, larger vessels alerted against big waves

  • eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas (waves 2.8 to 4.5 meters high)
Moderate to rough seas

Conditions risky for small vessels

  • remaining seaboards of Luzon and Visayas (waves 1.2 to 2.8 meters high)
  • northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao (waves 1.2 to 2.8 meters high)

PAGASA expects Maring to keep moving west northwest until Monday morning or afternoon, before turning west.

It could then move over the Luzon Strait between Monday afternoon and early Tuesday morning, October 12, and pass very close to or over the Babuyan Islands.

Landfall in mainland northern Cagayan or a close approach to Batanes may also occur.

Maring is likely to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning or afternoon. Also on Tuesday, it could intensify into a typhoon over the West Philippine Sea.

Outside PAR, it could make landfall in the Chinese island province of Hainan on Wednesday morning or afternoon, October 13, and then start weakening.

PROJECTED PATH. Forecast track of Tropical Storm Maring (Kompasu) as of October 11, 2021, 8 am.
PAGASA

Maring is the Philippines’ 13th tropical cyclone for 2021 and the second for October.

On Sunday morning, October 10, Maring had completed its merger with the remnant low that was formerly Tropical Depression Nando. The two tropical cyclones had interacted over the Philippine Sea, resulting in the merger.

Nando, the Philippines’ 14th tropical cyclone for 2021, had no impact on weather in the country.

An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

These are PAGASA’s latest estimates for the next six months:

2021
  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 2 or 3
  • December – 1 or 2
2022
  • January – 0 or 1
  • February – 0 or 1
  • March – 0 or 1

The weather bureau is also monitoring the possible emergence of La Niña in the fourth quarter of 2021. – Rappler.com

Acor Arceo

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