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2 storms enhance ‘habagat,’ resulting in more rains

Two tropical storms, one of them inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), continue to enhance the southwest monsoon or “habagat” that will likely induce more rains over Luzon within 24 hours.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical storm “Dindo” (international name “Hagupit”) was estimated at 385 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes or still inside the PAR at 10 a.m. Sunday.

It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Weather specialist Samuel Duran said Dindo may further intensify into a severe tropical storm with maximum wind speed reaching 89 kph to 117 kph by Monday morning.

However, it is still not expected to make landfall over the Philippines and could already be outside the PAR by Monday.

At the moment, Dindo, as well as another tropical storm with international name “Sinlaku” over the West Philippine Sea, may both continue to enhance the habagat that will bring occasional light to moderate with at times heavy monsoon rains over Luzon within 24 hours.

“Floods and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards,” Duran warned.

A gale warning remains in effect over the coasts of Northern Luzon and western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon Sunday due to potentially rough to very seas that make sea travel dangerous for small boats. Fisherfolk and those using small sea vessels are not yet allowed to set sail over these coasts.

Those venturing out over the other coasts of the country should take extra precautions due to moderate to rough seas.

PAGASA advised the public and local disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take appropriate measures and monitor the rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings issued by PAGASA’s regional services divisions.

Duran said they are also closely monitoring a cluster of clouds approaching Mindanao for possible development into a weather disturbance.

The rest of the country will remain cloudy with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the warm and humid easterly winds.

Source: Manila Bulletin (

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