By Jeannette I. Andrade
Twelve of the Philippines’ 17 regions are bracing themselves for the combined threat of monsoon-spawned rains and Tropical Storm Luis (international name: Kalmaegi), which is expected to intensify into a typhoon with gusts of up to 150 kilometers per hour before it makes landfall Sunday or Monday.
At least four minors are dead at the height of a heavy downpour in this city and in a town in the province of Cebu on Monday.
By Bong Lozada
Typhoon “Jose” has maintained its strength as it continued its travel north, enhancing the southwest monsoon that would continue to bring occasional rain in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, the weather bureau said.
Monsoon rains worsened by an offshore typhoon have caused flooding in northern Philippine villages, but officials say the storm is too far off at sea to hit the country.
Typhoon “Jose” (international name: Halong) packed stronger winds as it continued to move west northwest of the Philippines, the state weather bureau said Sunday.