Typhoon Gardo, with an international name of Hinnamnor, has intensified into a tropical cyclone, state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

According to Pagasa’s 5 p.m. forecast, Gardo was spotted 1,185 km east of Extreme Northern Luzon moving West Southwestward at 15 kph and packing winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph. 

It is initially expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Wednesday morning. 

“Gardo is forecast to move west-southwestward in the near-term and will move generally north-northwestward throughout the forecast period as it interacts with the tropical cyclone Hinnamnor,” Pagasa said. 

“This tropical cyclone is forecast to intensify into tropical storm within the next 24 hours. However, the disturbance may degenerate into a remnant low by Thursday afternoon as Hinnamnor begins to assimilate its circulation.”

Here are Gardo’s projected tracks and intensities:

  • 2:00 a.m., August 31: 1,185 km east of extreme Northern Luzon 
  • 2:00 p.m., August 31: 1,165 km east of extreme Northern Luzon 
  • 2:00 a.m., September 1: 1,140 km east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon
  • 2:00 p.m., September 1: 960 km east northeast of extreme Northern Luzon

 

“Considering these developments, the public and disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned are advised to take all necessary measures to protect life and property. Persons living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials,” PAGASA advised the public. 

 

Ronald Espartinez