Pagasa update on tropical depression Nika

The low pressure area west of Sure has developed into tropical depression Nika and expected to bring rain in different parts of the country.

According to Pagasa weather bulletin posted 11 pm on October 11, Tropical Depression Nika is forecast to move generally west or west-northwestward over the northern portion of the West Philippine Sea tonight through Tuesday evening.

It is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tomorrow morning and afternoon. On the forecast track, “NIKA” will turn more northwestward on Tuesday evening and make landfall over Hainan Province in southern China on Wednesday morning.

Nika developed from the Low Pressure Area at 8:00 PM. It will continuously intensify over the West Philippine Sea over the next two days. It is forecast to reach tropical storm category within 24 hours and severe tropical storm category by Tuesday evening.

At 10:00 PM yesterday, the center of Tropical Depression Nika was estimated based on all available data at 200 km West Southwest of Sinait, Sur (17.0 °N, 118.6 °E ). It is moving Westward at 15 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

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Pagasa update on tropical depression Nika

Between tonight and tomorrow evening, the combined effects of “NIKA” and the Southwest Monsoon will bring moderate to heavy rains over southern Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, Central Luzon, Rizal, and northern Quezon including Polillo Islands. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will also be experienced over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon.

Flooding (including flashfloods) and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. PAGASA Regional Services Divisions may issue local thunderstorm/rainfall advisories and heavy rainfall warnings as appropriate.

No tropical cyclone wind signal is in effect. However, the enhancement of both the Southwest Monsoon and the Northeasterly Surface Windflow will bring strong winds with occasional gusts over the northern and western section of Luzon, especially in coastal and mountainous areas.