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‘Helen’ heads towards N. Luzon; signal No. 2 up–PAGASA

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:38:00 07/15/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical storm “Helen” continues to move westward towards extreme northern Luzon late Tuesday morning, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

The storm maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center with gusts of 85 kilometers per hour, the state weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.

Signal number 2 (60 to 100 kilometer per hour winds) remains over the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, and in the Calayan Islands, while signal number 1 (30 to 60 kilometer per hour winds) has been raised in the provinces of Batanes, Ilocos Norte, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Aurora, PAGASA said.

Moving westward at five kilometers per hour, the storm was forecast to be at 140 kilometers northeast of Aparri town, Cagayan province by Wednesday morning, 70 kilometers west of Basco town, Batanes by Thursday morning, and 340 kilometers northwest of Basco by Friday morning, it said.

The storm will enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing rains to Luzon, mainly on the western section, PAGASA said, as it warned residents in low-lying areas against landslides and flash floods, residents in coastal areas against big waves.

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TueUTC2008-07-15T06:33:38+00:00UTC07bUTCTue, 15 Jul 2008 06:33:38 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am07

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