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Tropical Storm 04W (Nangka) Makes Landfall over Philippines

14.6N 120.9E

June 24th, 2009 Category: Tropical Storms

Track of TS04W - June 24th, 2009 © Univ. of Wisconsin

Track of TS04W - June 24th, 2009

TS04W © JTWC

TS04W

Tropical storm 04W (Nangka) located approximately 120 nautical miles southeast of Manila, Philippines, has tracked west-northwestward at 7 knots over the past six hours. Maximum significant wave height is 11 feet.

Tropical Storm Nangka, which spun up from a depression shortly before making landfall, struck the Philippines from the east during the day on Tuesday, local time. Landfall came on the island of Samar, which was pelted by torrential windswept downpours. Highest sustained winds at the time were 45 to 50 mph.

Gales raked the town of Guiuan, at the south tip of Samar, reports AccuWeather, where rainfall topped 8 inches. At Catbalogan, storm rainfall was more than 10 inches.

Looking forward, Nangka will bring substantial impact to the Philippines through at least Thursday while wending its way towards the west and the north. However, storm intensity will be diminished through the interaction of its wind flow with land, so Nangka’s status will be reduced to that of tropical depression along part of its track.

Although the extent of any damaging winds will be restricted along with the intensity of Nangka, rain impact will be potentially serious. Excessive rainfall will threaten flooding and mudslides until Nangka leaves the area to the north and west late in the week.

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