By NITZ ARANCON
THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) yesterday said a super typhoon forecast to enter Philippine territory would have no direct effect on Mindanao.
June Frivaldo, a weather specialist at Pagasa’s Mindanao station in El Salvador City, said typhoon Hagibis would not make landfall but would enter the Philippine area either tomorrow or Friday.
Pagasa would call it “Perla” the moment it becomes the 16th tropical cyclone to enter Philippine territory this year.
“Sa likid ra siya sa PAR (Philippine area of responsibility) moagi,” Frivaldo said.
Meteorologists at the weather monitor Accuweather said Hagibis was a tropical depression last weekend that “underwent rapid strengthening and developed into a formidable super typhoon” in the West Pacific.
It reported that “Hagibis went through an extraordinary period of strengthening as the storm started as a tropical depression with sustained winds of 30 mph on Saturday and only 48 hours later was a super typhoon producing winds of 150 mph.”
Luz Mercado, another Pagasa senior weather specialist in El Salvador, forecast light to moderate winds here and elsewhere in Mindanao despite the super typhoon.
Mercado said the rains in Mindanao this week were localized thunderstorms, and had nothing to do with Hagibis.
She said Hagibis would not even affect the northeast monsoon prevailing in the country as the typhoon tracks towards Tokyo.
Mercado said sea conditions would also be light to moderate based on data collected by Pagasa as of 11 am yesterday when Habigis was monitored at 2,400 kilometers east of Northern Luzon.