Bagyong Helen update August 15, 2012

Bagyong Helen has accelerated as it moves in a west northwest direction, state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Wednesday, August 15, 2012.

As of 10:00 p.m. today, PAGASA said the center of Tropical Storm Helen was spotted at 190 kilometers West Northwest of Laoag City with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 22 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 1 (45-60 kph winds) is still up in Batanes Group of Islands, Cagayan, Calayan, Babuyan Group of Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Kalinga, Apayao, Benguet, La Union, Abra, Mt. Province, and Ifugao.

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PAGASA alerted residents living in low lying and mountainous areas against possible flashfloods and landslides.

TS Helen will will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon bringing rains over the rest of Luzon and Visayas particularly over the western section, the weather agency said.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the 500-kilometer diameter of the tropical storm.

Moderate to occasionally heavy rains (5.0 to 10.0 mm/hr) and moderate to occasionally strong winds are expected over Metro Manila, and Central and Southern Luzon tonight.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas due to these weather disturbances, PAGASA added.