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(Weather Watch) ‘Katring’ expected to exit PAR Thursday afternoon — PAGASA

MANILA, Oct. 28 — The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its severe weather bulletin issued at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 28, 2010, reported that "Katring" (international code name: CHABA) has intensified and continues to move farther away from the country and expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Thursday afternoon.

PAGASA said that as of 10:00 a.m. Thursday based on satellite and surface data the typhoon's center is at 740 kilometers northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon with coordinates of 25.5°N, 128.7°E.

Katring has intensified to maximum winds of 150 kph. near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph. as it moves north northeast at 15 kph.

PAGASA forecasts its position by Thursday evening at 920 km. northeast of Extreme Northern Luzon or 170 km. east southeast of Okinawa, Japan.

It has not raised any public storm warning signals as this weather disturbance is already far to directly affect any part of the country.

Although "Katring" has exited, PAGASA said rains will still prevail through rainshowers and thunderstorms as the country now feels the impact of "La Nina" which has been here since September.

Edna Juanillo, PAGASA Weather Services assistant chief, said this weather system enhanced by the northeast monsoon will cause rains on the commemoration of All Saints and All Souls Day.

Juanillo said La Nina will last until April of 2011 as observed by the International Climate Center.

She added that because of this, we could likewise expect some rains during the holiday season. (PNA) V3/ogi

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