17 Dec Tropical Depression Onyok Just Entered PAR, threatens Mindanao and Eastern Visayas
Onyok, the tropical depression named by PAGASA, just entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility or PAR even as the country currently faces the rage of Typhoon Nona (Melor).
On wednesday at 3pm, tropical depression Onyok was seen just off the coast of Palau crossing PAR’s easternmost border at a fast pace of 30kph as monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency or JMA.
According to the US’ Joint Typhoon Warning Center or JTWC, Onyok has the potential of developing from tropical depression into a tropical cyclone within 24 hours, but the PAGASA assured that it is still too far and weak to make direct effects on the country expressing the hopes that cold Amihan winds may suppress Onyok before it nears the Philippines.
As of the updates from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, Typhoon Nona has claimed at least 9 lives, leaving thousands displaced. Damages amounting to almost P160M in infrastructure and agriculture was estimated as of Wednesday.