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Bagyong Gener Update (July 29, 2012)

Bagyong Gener continues to gain strength and poses intense danger to Extreme Northern Luzon, the PAGASA reported Sunday, July 29, 2012.
Bagyong Gener Satellite Image 8:32 p.m., July 29, 2012
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said Bagyong Gener was estimated based on satellite & surface data at 340km ENE of Aparri, Cagayan (18.8N, 125.2E). The tropical storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph and is moving North Northwestward at the rate of 13 kph, it added.

The PAGASA has hoisted storm warning signal over the following areas:

Signal Number 1: Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao;

Signal Number 2: Cagayan including Calayan & Babuyan Group and Batanes Group of Islands.

The PAGASA added that the tropical storm will yield an estimated rainfall amount of  10 - 20 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within its 500 km diameter. The tropical cyclone is expected to enhance the Southwest Monsoon that will bring rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao especially the western section.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas and eastern seaboard of Mindanao due to the combined effect of Tropical Storm Gener and the Southwest Monsoon.