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Tropical Depression 05W Passing by Philippines, Expected to Make Landfall Near Hong Kong

19.9N 120.9E

July 11th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Tropical Depression 05W - July 10th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Tropical Depression 05W - July 10th, 2009

TD 05W - July 9th, 2009 © JTWC

TD 05W

Tropical Depression 05W, located approximately 370 nautical miles east-southeast of Hong Kong, has tracked west-northwestward at 10 knots over the past six hours.

The system continues to track to the west on the southern periphery of an extension of the subtropical ridge.  Maximum significant wave height is 11 feet.

TD 05W is expected to pass along the northern coast of Ilocos Norte, Philippines, this afternoon and shall be over the South China Sea tonight as it becomes a Tropical Storm.

The 2 to 3-day Medium Range Forecast shows 05W turning west-northwest and making landfall just west of Hong Kong early Monday morning, July 13, as a dissipating tropical cyclone.

At this time, 05W’s rain bands are spreading across Northern Luzon. Moderate to heavy rains with winds and squalls, as well as thunderstorms, can be expected. One-day rainfall accumulations of 100 up to 200 mm are predicted along the storm’s rain bands.

People living around the slopes of Mayon Volcano in Albay and Bulusan Volcano in Sorsogon, Philippines, especially along the areas of possible mudslides or Lahar mudflows (mixtures of volcanic mud and water), must stay alert as moderate to heavy rains associated with this system are likely to affect the area today. Residents in low-lying areas and steep slopes must remain alert and seek evacuation for possible life-threatening flash floods, mudslides and landslides due to the anticipated heavy rains brought about by this system.

Wester Luzon, Palawan, and parts of Mindoro, metropolitan Manila and western Visayas should expect occasional rains and some passing thunderstorms with squalls, plus light to moderate southwesterly winds not exceeding 35 kph. Possible landslides, mudslides, mudflows (Lahars) and life-threatening flash floods are likely to occur along steep mountain/volcanic slopes, river banks, low-lying and flood-prone areas.

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