Tropical storm Helen may cause storm surges that would affect residents of coastal areas like Talisay City, the Mactan office of the state weather bureau Pagasa warned.
While Helen won’t affect the Visayas directly especially Cebu, Pagasa Mactan warned coastal residents to vacate their homes at the first sign of trouble.
Pagasa Mactan weather specialist Al Quiblat said storm Helen again intensified the southwest monsoon and may cause huge waves similar to those that hit Talisay City during Typhoon Gener.
Helen entered the Philippines last Sunday afternoon and moved at 50 km per hour north of northeast in Tuguegarao yesterday noon.
With its west-northwest movement at 15 km per hour, Helen is expected to hit landfill tomorrow morning and head to China in the afternoon.
Quiblat said Helen has a lower volume of rain compared to Gener but can still strengthen the southwest monsoon. Pagasa Mactan already issued a gale warning to all sea vessels, urging operators not to travel to avoid accidents.
Residents of landslide-prone areas were also urged to move to other areas./ Fe Marie Dumaboc, Correspondent