Typhoon Saola (10W) Causes Problems in Philippines – July 30th, 201217.9N 119.9E
On July 22, a tropical disturbance formed east-northeast of Palau. Late on July 26, the JMA upgraded the system to a tropical depression.
On July 27, the JTWC issued a TCFA on the system. Early on July 28, the JTWC upgraded the system to a tropical depression, whilst the JMA upgraded it to a tropical storm and named it Saola. Soon, the PAGASA upgraded the system to a tropical depression and named it Gener. Later that day, the JTWC upgraded Saola to a tropical storm. Early on July 29, the JMA upgraded Saola to a severe tropical storm.
Saola caused widespread rains in the Philippines due to the enhancement of the southwest monsoon. On July 29, domestic and international flights throughout the country were delayed and cancelled. Small fishing boats were advised not to enter the water as gale warnings were issued by PAGASA. Flooding is imminent as different dams are expected to reach critical levels. Three roads in northern Luzon was impassable due to floods and landslides. About sixty families in Rodriguez, Rizal were evacuated due to severe flooding in the area.