Typhoon Gorio even stronger as it nears exit
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will continue to experience light to moderate rains on Saturday due southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, enhanced by the intensified Typhoon “Gorio” and a newly-monitored tropical depression.
This as Typhoon “Gorio” (international name: Nesat) continued to intensify while maintaining its course, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
In its early morning bulletin Saturday, Pagasa said that Gorio had maximum sustained winds of 145 kilometers per hour (kph), up from 130 kph, near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph, up from 160 kph. It was still moving at a pace of 17kph northwest.
Tropical cyclone warning signals (TCWS) No. 2 is raised over the Batanes group of islands, while Signal No. 1 is up over the Babuyan group of islands.
Pagasa said Gorio is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday.
A newly-monitored tropical depression, meanwhile, was located over the West Philippine Sea, at 560 km West of Laoag City. Despite this, Pagasa said the weather system would still enhance hanging habagat.
Meanwhile, the western section of Northern and Central Luzon will experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains, the state weather bureau said.
“Monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced over the province of Zambales and Bataan. Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of NCR-PRSD forecast area,” said Pagasa.
Pagasa added that moderate to strong winds coming from southwest will also prevail, and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough. IDL
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