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MANILA – Stormy weather will prevail in Northern Luzon even as Typhoon Betty weakened, the weather bureau said Tuesday.

In its latest weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Batanes and Cagayan are forecast to experience stormy weather, while rains with gusty winds will prevail over Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela and Aurora.

Betty is packing maximum sustained winds of 155 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 190 kph,

Flooding or landslides due to moderate to heavy to intense, with at times torrential rains, are likely. Minor threat to moderate threat to lives and properties due to strong winds are also possible, PAGASA said.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 is still hoisted over Batanes and the northeastern portion of Cagayan (Santa Ana, Gonzaga), including Babuyan Islands.

TCWS No. 1 is hoisted over the rest of mainland Cagayan, the northern and eastern portions of Isabela (Santo Tomas, Santa Maria, Quezon, San Mariano, Dinapigue, Delfin Albano, San Pablo, Ilagan City, Benito Soliven, Tumauini, Cabagan, Palanan, Quirino, Divilacan, Gamu, Maconacon, Naguilian, Mallig), the eastern portion of Ilocos Norte (Piddig, Bangui, Vintar, Marcos, Pagudpud, Banna, Adams, Carasi, Dingras, Solsona, Dumalneg, Nueva Era), Apayao, the northern portion of Kalinga (City of Tabuk, Balbalan, Pinukpuk, Rizal), and the northeastern portion of Abra (Tineg, Lacub, Malibcong).

Betty was last tracked 350 km east of Basco, Batanes, moving north northwestward at 10 kph. It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.

Meanwhile, Betty and the southwest monsoon or habagat will cause scattered rain showers and thunderstorms over Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, the rest of Ilocos Region and the rest of Cagayan Valley.

The southwest monsoon is also forecast to cause isolated rain showers over Metro Manila and the rest of the country, PAGASA said.

The seaboards of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboard Central Luzon will have rough to high seas. These conditions are risky for all types of sea vessels, thus mariners are advised to remain in port or take shelter in port until winds and waves subside.

Rough to very rough seas will prevail over the seaboard of Southern Luzon and the western, central and eastern seaboards of the Visayas. Fishing boats and other small sea vessels are advised not to venture into the sea, and larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves. (PNA)