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Weather expected to improve as ‘Helen’ moves away–PAGASA

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:56:00 07/17/2008

MANILA, Philippines — The weather is expected to improve as tropical storm “Helen” (international codename: Kalmaegi) moved farther away from the country late Thursday morning, the chief of the
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

“The storm is moving away. There will still be rains, but it will not be as heavy as yesterday [Wednesday],” PAGASA Director Prisco Nilo said in a phone interview.

Nilo said the rains over Luzon would be a result of the southwest monsoon.

On Wednesday, “Helen” enhanced the monsoon, dumping heavy rains over Luzon and triggering flooding low-lying areas.

The storm strengthened as it moved towards Taiwan. Packing maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 140 kilometers per hour, the eye of the storm was located 260 kilometers north, northeast of Basco in Batanes province at 10 a.m. Thursday, PAGASA said in a weather bulletin.

Moving north northwest at 17 kilometers per hour, the storm was forecast to be at 390 kilometers north of Basco or 80 kilometers east of eastern Taiwan by Thursday evening, and 110 kilometers north of Taipei, Taiwan by Friday morning.

Storm signals were also lowered. Signal number 1 remains in Batanes and the Calayan Islands, PAGASA said, as it warned residents in low-lying areas against flashfloods and landslides.

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