Tropical Storm Rumbia Moves Over Philippines

June 30, 2013; 3:27 AM ET
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Tropical Storm Rumbia has begun to move back over open waters, exiting the Philippines as of Sunday local time, Sunday morning EDT.

Interaction with the islands of the Philippines has limited the ability of Rumbia to intensify; however, as it moves back over the open waters of the South China Sea, some strengthening will occur.

Flooding rain will be the most likely adverse weather impact. However, damaging winds will also accompany Rumbia with sustained winds of 46 mph (40 knots) and gusts up to 58 mph (50 knots).

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has given the tropical depression the name Gorio. Other organizations outside of the Philippines are recognizing the system with the name 'Rumbia.'

Given this track, life-threatening flooding will be possible in and around the capital city of Manila through Sunday as Rumbia exits the Philippines.

A passenger jeep crosses a flooded street in Manila, Philippines, on Thursday, June 13, 2013. Heavy rains caused classes to be suspended in Manila and disrupted traffic on flooded streets. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Tropical Storm Rumbia will continue to track to the northwest over the open waters of the South China Sea Sunday night into Monday. During this time there will be a brief window for strengthening.

Regardless of strengthening, this tropical system will continue on a northwest track until reaching southeastern China later Monday into Tuesday. The track of the storm will put areas from Macau and Hong Kong northward to near Xiamen in the threat for heaviest rainfall.

If Tropical Storm Rumbia strengthens over the South China Sea, then damaging winds neat the coast will also be a threat.

Typhoon season in the western Pacific Ocean basin begins in June. Tropical seas eastward from the Philippines are historically the world's most prolific for tropical cyclones.

Meteorologist Eric Leister contributed to this story.


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