'Bagyong Ester' PAGASA weather update June 14, 2018

MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) west northwest of Batanes has developed into a tropical depression, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 5:00 pm update on Thursday, June 14, 2018.

Satellite image of 'Bagyong Ester' as of 5:20 pm, June 14
Satellite image of 'Bagyong Ester' as of 5:20 pm, June 14 | via DOST-PAGASA

The Tropical Depression is expected to enter PAR between tonight and tomorrow morning and will be named “Ester.”

UPDATE: 'Bagyong Ester' PAGASA weather update June 15, 2018

PAGASA added that 'Bagyong Ester' is expected to make landfall over Southern Taiwan.

At 4:00 pm today, the center of the Tropical Depression outside the PAR was estimated based on all available data at 335 km Northwest of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR) (22.1°N, 119.3°E).

'Ester' has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. It is forecast to move East Northeast at 15 km/h.

Forecast Positions
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow afternoon): 460 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (24.3°N, 123.6°E)
  • 48 Hour(Saturday afternoon): 1,120 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR) (26.8°N, 130.5°E)
  • 72 Hour(Sunday afternoon): 1,540 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR) (28.0°N, 134.7°E)

track of tropical depression Ester
Image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA

Tropical cyclone warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph, expected in 36 hours) was raised over the area of Batanes.

Occasional rains with gusty winds will prevail over Batanes due to the approaching weather disturbance.

Meanwhile, the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by the Tropical Depression will bring moderate to occasional heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales and Bataan, and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite and Batangas until weekend.

Residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living near or in low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate actions against possible floodings and landslides, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.

Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Central Luzon.

PAGASA advised that the LPA east of Mindanao, estimated at 440 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.1°N, 130.1°E) and is less likely to develop into a Tropical Depression.

— The Summit Express

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