Tropical Storm Helen August 14, 2012 PAGASA update

Tropical Storm Helen has intensified slightly as it moves closer to Northern Luzon, weather bureau PAGASA reported on Tuesday, August 14, 2012.

Bagyong Helen was last spotted 230 kilometers East Southeast of Tuguegarao City with maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour near its eye and gustiness of up to 100 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 13 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) has been raised in Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte and Abra, as well as the Babuyan, Calayan, and Batanes groups of islands, while signal no. 1 (45-60 kph winds) is up in Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Benguet, Mt. Province, La Union and Ilocos Sur.

TS Helen, which was predicted to make a landfall in the next 24 hours, is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday evening.

It is unlikely that Helen will become a Typhoon, weather experts said during a press briefing Tuesday noon.

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PAGASA warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal nos. 1 and 2 against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those living in coastal areas under public storm warning no. 2 are also alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Helen is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon bringing rains over Luzon and Visayas especially over the Western section, the weather agency said in its latest bulletin.

Estimated rainfall amount, PAGASA said, is intense to torrential (20 up to 35 millimeters per hour) within the 500-kilometer diameter of the tropical storm.

Intermittent light to moderate rains (2.5-7.5 mm/hr) are now affecting Central and Southern Luzon becoming more frequent moderate to heavy rains (7.5 - 10.0 mm/hr) in Quezon province, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Metro Manila, PAGASA stated further.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts have been advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas due to these weather disturbances.

Some schools have already suspended their classes for today. View the list here.