MANILA – The southwest monsoon or “habagat” currently enhanced by Typhoon Hanna and two other tropical cyclones outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility will bring rains across the country, the weather bureau said Saturday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 3 a.m., the center of the eye of Hanna (international name: Haikui) was estimated at 530 km. east-northeast of Itbayat, Batanes with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, moving westward at 10 kph.
It said Hanna will bring rains with gusty winds over Batanes, while the enhanced habagat affecting the whole country will bring monsoon rains over the Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan and Occidental Mindoro.
Metro Manila, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Batangas will have occasional rains, the weather bureau said.
Meanwhile, Antique and the rest of Cagayan Valley, the Cordillera region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and Mimaropa will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.
The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
The northern and western sections of Luzon will experience strong wind conditions with rough seas.
Mindanao, the Visayas and the rest of Luzon will have moderate to strong winds, with moderate to rough seas.
PAGASA said the two active tropical cyclones outside PAR are Typhoon Saola (formerly Goring) and Tropical Storm Kirogi.
Saola is located 885 km. west-northwest of extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 215 kph. It is moving westward at 15 kph.
Meanwhile, Kirogi is located 2,715 km. east-northeast of extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 105 kph. It is moving northwestward at 25 kph. (PNA)