'Bagyong Kristine' PAGASA weather update September 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines –'Bagyong Kristine' (international name: Haishen) slightly weakens as it continues to move northwestward over the Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA announced in the 11:00 am bulletin on Saturday, September 5, 2020.

'Bagyong Kristine' PAGASA weather update September 5, 2020

At 10:00 am today, the eye of Typhoon 'Kristine' was located based on all available data at 1,080 km East Northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon.

'Bagyong Kristine' has maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 230 km/h. It is moving Northwestward at 15 km/h.

The weather system is forecast to continue moving northwestward until it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tonight.

It is then expected to turn north-northwestward beginning tonight and pass close to Northern Amami Islands and Tokara Islands in the Ryukyu Archipelago (Japan) between tomorrow noon and evening. Afterwards, the typhoon will head towards the sea off the west coast of Kyushu (Japan) and the Korean Peninsula.

'Bagyong Kristine' PAGASA weather update September 5, 2020

This typhoon is forecast to maintain its current intensity within the next 24 to 36 hours before gradually weakening while moving closer towards mainland Japan. However, a slight intensification to 195-205 km/h within the next 24 to 36 hours remains a possibility.

Hazards affecting land and coastal waters

It is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country throughout the forecast period.

Gale Warning is in effect for the seaboards of Batanes and Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands) due to rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m). Sea travel is risky over these areas.

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) will be experienced over the eastern seaboards of Luzon (except for areas under Gale Warning) and Visayas. Those with small seacrafts are advised to take precaution while venturing out to sea.

'Kristine' is the country's 11th tropical cyclone for 2020.

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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