Tropical Storm Guchol is getting closer to Philippines


According to JTWC, Tropical Storm Guchol is located 915 nm east of Manila, Philippines and it is moving west-northwestward at speed of 17 knots. Maximum sustained winds are 60 knots with gusts up to 75 knots. Maximum significant wave height is (17 feet).

PAGASA reported that TS Guchol is over Caroline Islands or it is estimated 1 370 km east of Mindanao  (9.3°N, 140.7°E) and it is moving westward at speed of 15 knots. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Friday and shall be named “BUTCHOY”.

Meanwhile, this morning, the Shallow Low Pressure Area (SLPA) was estimated based on satellite and surface data 210 km East of Northern Mindanao (9.5°N, 128.0°E),while the southwest monsoon continues to affect Luzon. Strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and the western seaboard of Visayas. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves.



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