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    'Bagyong Igme' PAGASA weather update August 22, 2020

    MANILA, Philippines – 'Bagyong Igme' (international name: Bavi) has intensified into a tropical storm as it moves towards Southern Ryukyu Islands in Japan, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in its 11:00 a.m. bulletin on Saturday, August 22, 2020.
     'Bagyong Igme' PAGASA weather update August 22, 2020

    At 10:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm 'Igme' was estimated based on all available data at 340 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes.

    'Bagyong Igme' has maximum sustained winds of up to 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 10 km/h.

    'Igme' is forecast to track generally northeastward throughout the forecast period. It is likely to pass very close or over Yonaguni Island in the southern Ryukyus tonight and leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tonight and tomorrow early morning.

    This tropical cyclone is likely to steadily intensify in the next couple of days. It is forecast to reach severe tropical storm category within 24 hours.

    Forecast Positions
    • 24 Hour (Tomorrow morning): 645 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)
    • 48 Hour (Monday morning):875 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)
    • 72 Hour (Tuesday morning): 1,050 km North Northeast of Basco, Batanes (OUTSIDE PAR)

     'Bagyong Igme' PAGASA weather update August 22, 2020

    Hazards affecting land

    No tropical cyclone wind signal is currently in effect. However, intermittent gusts may be experienced over Batanes and Babuyan Islands due to the Southwest Monsoon slightly enhanced by 'Igme.'

    Today, the Southwest Monsoon will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zambales, and Bataan.

    Flooding and rain-induced landslide may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. The public and local disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to monitor the Rainfall/Thunderstorm Advisories and Heavy Rainfall Warnings from PAGASA Regional Services Divisions and take appropriate measures.

    Hazards affecting coastal waters

    Those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon due to moderate to rough seas (northern: 1.2 to 3.4 m, western: 1.2 to 2.8 m).

    Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 295 km East of Davao City. This LPA is less likely to develop into a Tropical Depression in the next 48 hours. However, it will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Mindanao.

    'Igme' is the country's 9th tropical cyclone for 2020 and 5th for August alone after Tropical Storm Enteng (Jangmi) and tropical depressions Ferdie, Gener, and Helen.

    On average, there are 20 tropical cyclones that could form or enter the PAR each year. Only have of those are projected to make landfall.

    PAGASA declared the onset of rainy season on June 12.

    — The Summit Express

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