We have our latest video update on Tropical Storm Kai-Tak. Tropical Storm Kai-Tak (Bagyong Helen) is the 13th named storm this year in the Western Pacific Basin. The system is currently moving across the Philippine Sea, roughly 500km east of Luzon. Although still, far the system is already bringing rains across Eastern and Southern Luzon. Furthermore, inflow bands induced by Kai-Tak’s large circulation are also enhancing showers across Central Luzon including Manila. Unfortunately, rains will linger for much of Luzon in the next few days. Current forecast tracks are taking Kai-Tak across Luzon Strait (no landfall) and possibly into Guangdong Province by Friday.
As of 5pm today, PAGASA has issue d Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Quirino, Aurora, Isabela, Kalinga, Apayao, Cagayan, Babuyan, Calayan, and Batanes Group of Islands. These areas will continue to see rains with amounts of up to 50mm. Winds of up to 64kph will also be felt in these areas beginning tonight and tomorrow. The coast will be rough as Kai-Tak/Helen starts to induce high waves.
Continue to monitor the developments of Kai-Tak (Helen). It may not make landfall but it could still bring widespread rains across Luzon in the next few days. Visit PAGASA’s Project NOAH for the latest radar images as well as rainfall probabilities for your region.