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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tropical Storm Juaning leaves as Cyclone ‘Kabayan’ enters Philippine territory - 28th July 2011

Mere hours after Tropical Storm Juaning (Nock-Ten) left Philippine territory, a new cyclone entered the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday afternoon and was codenamed Kabayan.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Jun Galang said Kabayan has intensified into a tropical storm and is likely to stay until August 2.

"Masyado pa ito malayo para directly makaapekto sa anumang parte ng bansa (For now it is still too far to directly affect any part of the country)," Galang said in an interview on dzBB radio.

Galang said Kabayan entered the Philippine area of responsibility at about 4 p.m. Thursday.

Barring any sudden change in direction, Kabayan is not likely to make landfall on the Philippines as it is headed toward Southern Japan, Galang said.

He said that while Kabayan may bring rains, the rains falling on parts of the country are from the southwest monsoon enhanced by Juaning, which left 35 people dead, mostly in the Bicol Region, in its two-day onslaught. Read More