Aug 162013
Tropical Depression Maring slightly accelerated as it moved east-southeast Saturday morning, state weather forecasters said.

In its 11 a.m. update, PAGASA said Storm Signal No. 1 over Batanes province in Extreme Northern Luzon has been lifted.

“Nguni’t inaasahan pa rin ang moderate to heavy na ulan,” PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Moreover, he said Maring will still enhance the southwest monsoon.

PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m., Maring was estimated at 270 km northeast of Itbayat town in Batanes.

It packed maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and is forecast to move east-southeast at 11 kph.

Maring is expected to be 510 km east of Itbayat, Batanes by Sunday morning, and 740 km northeast of Itbayat by Monday morning.

By Tuesday morning, it is expected to be at 960 km northeast of Itbayat.

PAGASA said Maring may bring rain of 5 to 10 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within is 300-km diameter.

It added the southwest monsoon enhanced by Maring may bring moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms over the western section of Luzon.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Magat Dam in Isabela opened one gate at one meter.

It said that as of 11 a.m., Magat’s water level was at 192.16 meters. Its maximum water level is 193 meters. — LBG, GMA News

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